Mesothelioma is a rare, but deadly form of cancer. The non-profit group CancerHelp explains that it develops from transformed cells in the “mesothelium” – the lining that covers many of the body’s organs. Mesothelioma has a lengthy latency period, which means a person can have the disease for a long time before its symptoms begin to appear. During the latency period of mesothelioma, cancer cells can be found forming in the lining of the chest, lining of the heart, or the lining around the abdominal cavity.
Signs and Symptoms
Cancer Help notes that shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, chest pain, and unexplained weight loss are some of the clearest signs that a mesothelioma problem might exist. Like other cancers, x-rays and CT scans are often helpful when cancer is suspected, but a cytology or biopsy is needed to confirm the cancer itself.
By far the most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos spores. People can develop mesothelioma from jobs where they were exposed to asbestos, or from exposure in a household environment. In both cases, individuals usually were unaware that they were being exposed to this toxin. Spouses of people who worked with or close to asbestos can contract mesothelioma. By simply washing work clothes worn near or around asbestos fibers, a spouse can be at risk.
Due to this disease’s long latency period, people whose asbestos exposure was decades ago are just now finding out that they have this deadly cancer. Amazingly, research from a range of sources confirms that mesothelioma may not appear from 20 to 50 years after exposure.
Speak with a Mesothelioma Lawyer
If you or a loved has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an InjuryLawyer.com free online case evaluation. You could qualify to bring legal action for monetary damages, medical treatment, and other benefits.
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