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Have You or a Loved One Been Diagnosed With Mesothelioma?
Companies that have used asbestos in their products have known about the dangers for more than 50 years. Unfortunately, many companies have hidden the truth from the public and even from their own employees. If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with this cancer, you may be entitled to substantial financial damages.
Our expert asbestos attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience of representing 1000s of asbestos-related Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer claimants in all 50 states. Even if you have been or are a current smoker. Even if you have been turned down before. Even if you have already had a prior asbestosis case.
Learn More About Mesothelioma
MESOTHELIOMA is a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The primary cause is inhaling or swallowing airborne asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral fiber. It forms on the protective lining of certain parts of the body, most commonly the lungs or abdomen. Symptoms, treatment and survival rates vary depending on the cancer’s location and other important factors. Learning key statistics about mesothelioma can help you better understand the disease and make more educated decisions about your health.
Each year there are 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of Mesothelioma. The disease has claimed more than
37,000 lives in the United States From 1999 to 2013.
Which Factors can Help you Determine a Prognosis?
There are a variety of different issues that determine the prognosis for a patient. The main locations that mesothelioma is found in are the lungs (pleura) and the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal). Pleura is the most common and has the best chances of survival. Peritoneal mesothelioma is harder to treat. Less common types such as pericardial and testicular mesothelioma are very difficult to treat. A major factor in the prognosis for mesothelioma cancer is the stage of the disease. The sooner the disease is diagnosed and treated, the better. Metastases are when the mesothelioma begins to spread. The extent of it will determine what type of treatment is recommended as well as the prognosis.
What are the Causes of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is mainly caused by asbestos exposure. Even though asbestos fibers are microscopic they are very durable. Due to its durability, it was used in a number of industrial compounds to help enhance strength and resistance to temperature extremes. An individual who worked extensively with asbestos or asbestos-containing materials is extremely likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma without even realizing it. Even though asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma there are a few factors that attribute to the development of this disease. Even though smoking is the main cause of lung cancer it also enhances the risk of mesothelioma, especially when exposed to asbestos. Radiation tends to be mainly associated with brain and blood cancers but some patients of mesothelioma have been affected by radiation rather than exposure to asbestos. The last factor that attributes to the development of mesothelioma is carbon nanotubes. Some laboratory studies have been done which indicate a molecular similarity between asbestos mineral fibers and carbon nanotubes even though these studies are extremely preliminary.
The most common ways of being exposed are:
The gap between the first exposure and the appearance of symptoms is called the latency period.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Loss of Appetite
Pressure on the Heart
Abdominal Swelling or Tenderness
Fatigue Feeling of Fullness
Lumps Under Abdominal Skin
Lumps Under Skin of the Chest
Coughing up Blood
Pain & Fever
Reduced Chest Expansion