Mesothelioma: A Rare, Aggressive Type of Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure

mesotheliomaMesothelioma, a rare, aggressive type of cancer, is generally caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that used to appear in everyday products until people realized it causes cancer.

People are usually exposed to asbestos in their workplaces, especially in construction, shipyards, power plants or other hazardous work environments. Secondhand exposure occurs because workers can come home with asbestos dust clinging to their clothes and shoes.

Because asbestos exposure often results from a workplace’s failure to comply with asbestos laws to protect employees, people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma can often get huge settlements to help them deal with medical bills.

It is very important that you have experienced mesothelioma lawyers on your side. We can help you get the compensation you need. Learn about the types and symptoms of mesothelioma and call us at 1-866-222-9990 to find out how we can help you.

More Information on Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma occurs in four main areas of the body: the lungs (65-70 percent of cases), the abdomen (30 percent of cases), the heart (1 percent of cases) and the testicles (less than 1 percent of cases). The disease can be either benign or malignant.

In benign cases, which are less common, the patient has a better chance of survival, because the tumors grow slower and are less likely to spread.

Types of Mesothelioma

Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common type and occurs when a person inhales airborne asbestos. Over time, fibers move into the lining of the lungs and cause irritation and damage. The disease usually affects older people because of the time it takes for the irritation to cause the mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the main symptoms, chest pain, and shortness of breath, may not appear until the late stages of cancer development. Treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy can often extend life expectancy, but most of the time the life expectancy after diagnosis is 18 months.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdomen, is likely caused by breathing in or swallowing asbestos fibers. Stomach pain, swelling, diarrhea and constipation are all early symptoms of this condition. Unfortunately, doctors often misdiagnose this disease because it’s so rare because of some of its symptoms, especially abdominal swelling, weight loss and hernia, imitate other conditions.

Pericardial Mesothelioma appears in the heart lining and its close proximity to this vital organ makes the condition difficult to treat. Scientists are unsure how the asbestos can reach and affect the heart. This rare cancer often goes undetected until later stages.

The main symptoms, including chest pain, tiredness, and shortness of breath, also indicate other diseases, so pericardial mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose. Seek a second opinion for diagnosis to ensure proper treatment. Pericardial mesothelioma is often mixed up with heart failure, coronary heart disease, and tuberculosis pericarditis, to name a few.

Testicular Mesothelioma is rarest type of cancer and has a better prognosis than other types. Average survival time of diagnosis is 20 to 23 months. Abnormal lumps, fluid buildup, pain, and swelling are the main symptoms, which often lead doctors to believe the patient has a more common condition like a hernia.

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