What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that is caused by previous exposure to asbestos

CT scan demonstrating mesothelioma of the right lung (left side of image).Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is only known to be caused by previous exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma develops when microscopic asbestos fibers penetrate the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs.

Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fibers in other ways, such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos.

Unlike lung cancer, there is no association between mesothelioma and smoking.[1] Compensation for medical expenses is often difficult to achieve without actively pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit (see do you have a mesothelioma claim).

The three most common forms of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma symptoms include shortness of breath due to pleural effusion (fluid between the lung and the chest wall) or chest wall pain, and general symptoms such as weight loss.

A mesothelioma diagnosis can be made with chest X-rays and a CT scan, and confirmed with a biopsy (tissue sample) and microscopic examination. A thoracoscopy (inserting a tube with a camera into the chest) can be used to take biopsies.

Despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or sometimes surgery, the disease carries a poor prognosis. Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.

Do you have a mesothelioma claim?

If your loved one has suffered a serious injury or death as a result of asbestos exposure or mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.

Please contact our mesothelioma lawyers today by filling out the brief questionnaire, or by calling our toll free number (1-800-898-2034) for a free, no-cost, no-obligation legal evaluation of your case.

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