Mesothelioma – Asbestos Cancer

The Problem: Mesothelioma is a cancer that affects the lungs and is caused by exposure to asbestos. Many occupations that include the handling of asbestos have been proven to lead to mesothelioma, as well as consumer products. Many cases do not show up until 25-50 years after exposure to asbestos.

The Response: A $30B Asbestos Trust Fund was created by manufacturers of asbestos to compensate victims of mesothelioma.

What Can We Do to Help: Our experienced attorneys can review your medical records and help you file for compensation for the national trust fund.

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos. It most commonly occurs in the linings of the lungs or the abdomen. The average life expectancy is 18 – 31 months after diagnosis, but prognosis may improve with treatment. Symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath, and general fatigue. Mesothelioma is characterized by malignant tumors that develop in the mesothelium, a layer of protective tissue that covers several organs.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases are eligible to file claims with the asbestos trust.

Key Facts About Mesothelioma

    • Approximately 3,000 mesothelioma cases are diagnosed yearly
    • Mesothelioma has a long latency period, taking 20-50 years to develop into cancer
    • Pleural mesothelioma accounts for 75% of all mesothelioma cases
    • The average age of diagnosis is 65 or older
    • People working directly with the asbestos mineral or with products containing asbestos are most at risk
    • Symptoms of malignant mesothelioma are treatable, but the cancer is incurable

Mesothelioma Causes

The primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. This exposure can happen from repeated use of asbestos-contaminated consumer products such as talc. Asbestos in the workplace, homes, schools, military structures, and naval ships also leads to dangerous exposure. Mesothelioma cancer develops decades after asbestos exposure occurs because it takes time for asbestos fibers to cause the damage that leads to cancer.

 

People Most at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma

People most at risk of developing mesothelioma cancer handled asbestos for a prolonged period of time or were exposed to large amounts of occupational asbestos. Secondhand exposure is also common, especially among the spouses and children of people who worked with asbestos. Veterans were also exposed while serving in the U.S. armed forces.

  • Veterans
  • Firefighters
  • Auto mechanics
  • Chimney sweeps
  • Miners
  • Construction workers
  • HVAC technicians
  • Textile mill workers
  • Electricians
  • Family members

 

Mesothelioma Symptoms

Symptoms of mesothelioma appear when tumors spread, grow and press against the chest wall and the abdominal cavity. Early diagnosis can help patients’ chances of benefitting from more treatment options. Because symptoms are like those of other conditions, an initial misdiagnosis is common. It’s important to be aware of your history of asbestos exposure and discuss it with your doctor as soon as possible.

 

Common Mesothelioma Symptoms

  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Respiratory complications
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs)
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness in the muscles

 

Types of Mesothelioma

The four types of mesothelioma are defined by where tumors develop in the body. The most common types are pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma. Pericardial and testicular mesothelioma account for less than 2% of cases combined.

The four types are:

  • Pleural mesothelioma (lungs)
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen)
  • Pericardial mesothelioma (heart)
  • Mesothelioma of the tunica vaginalis (testes)

Pleural mesothelioma forms in the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura. It is the most common form of the aggressive disease. Approximately 80 – 90% of all diagnosed cases of mesothelioma are pleural.

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second-most common type of the cancer and is diagnosed in about 15 – 20% of all mesothelioma cases. This type of mesothelioma affects the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum).

Pericardial mesothelioma tumors form in the lining of the heart (pericardium). This cancer is very rare. Fewer than 50 people receive pericardial mesothelioma diagnoses in the United States each year. This form of the disease accounts for about 1% of the total number of mesothelioma cases.

Testicular mesothelioma is diagnosed in less than 1% of all cases. Medical literature only describes approximately 100 cases. The cancer develops in the lining of the testicles (tunica vaginalis).

 

If You’ve Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma, Contact Us Today.

 

We can evaluate your case with our Free Consultation. We want to help you and your family during this difficult time obtain the compensation that you need. This compensation can help you with your growing medical costs and hold the companies accountable for their use of asbestos and endangering their workers. The experienced attorneys at Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault are here to help you. Call us. We can help.

 

 

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