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Mesothelioma

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. It is cancer of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the protective membrane which surrounds your internal organs. There are three main types of mesothelioma categorized by the area of the body which is affected:

  • Lungs – pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma. It affects the lining of the lungs.
  • Abdomen – peritoneal mesothelioma affects the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity and surrounds most of your internal organs.
  • Heart – pericardial mesothelioma is very rare. It attacks the sac around the heart.

Is there a cure for mesothelioma?

No, there is no cure for mesothelioma. Most patients live less than a year after diagnosis. The symptoms of mesothelioma typically do not become noticeable until decades after asbestos exposure. The early symptoms are often mistaken for symptoms of other illnesses delaying mesothelioma diagnosis. When mesothelioma is detected and treated in the earliest stages the prognosis is greatly improved. If it is caught early enough it may even be possible to remove all of the cancer.

Does smoking cause mesothelioma?

No. Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is often confused with lung cancer, and may even be misdiagnosed as lung cancer, but they are not the same. Asbestos can caused lung cancer, as can many toxins, including cigarette smoke. Smoking increases your chance of developing mesothelioma if you have been exposed to asbestos, but smoking alone does not cause mesothelioma.

Who gets mesothelioma?

The majority of mesothelioma patients were exposed in the workplace. Many industries and work environments carry an elevated risk for asbestos exposure including:

  • Mining
  • Oil refineries
  • Welding
  • Shipyards
  • Power plants
  • Steel mills
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Remodeling
  • Demolition
  • Fire fighting
  • Disaster response

Older homes and building also contain asbestos and exposure can occur at home, at school, and while working in contaminated buildings. Many household products contain asbestos, and some are still on the shelves today. Loved ones of workers who bring asbestos home on their clothing may be exposed and eventually develop mesothelioma.

I cannot afford to pay for mesothelioma treatment. What can I do?

Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. The dangers of asbestos have been known for over a century. The companies which produce and use asbestos knowingly endanger workers, consumers, and others who are exposed. If you have developed mesothelioma or lost a loved one to this painful disease, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, which can include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Future lost income
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional anguish
  • Wrongful death