Mesothelioma – The Working Man's Killer

What is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma, more precisely malignant mesothelioma, is a rare form of
cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs, the
mesothelium. It is usually caused by exposure to asbestos.
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Back in the day, asbestos was used in the construction of many buildings and places of business.
Unknowing workers worked in these structures each day not know that there was danger lurking in the
walls and ceiling. Many years later, some were diagnosed with a type of lung cancer that was directly
attributed to the asbestos exposure. Luckily today, asbestos is no longer used as a building material due
to the risk.
Those suffering from the effects of long term asbestos exposure are often diagnosed with a cancer
called mesothelioma. There are different types of this cancer but the most common is Pleural
Mesothelioma which affects the lining or pleura of the lungs. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing,
a persistent dry cough, chest pain or painful breathing.
The second type of Mesothelioma that is most common is Peritoneal Mesothelioma. This affects the
lining of the abdominal cavity. Typical symptoms of this type of cancer are vomiting, a distended
abdomen, a change in bowel habits, and unexplained weight loss.
Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive type of cancer and does not usually respond well to standard
cancer treatments. In addition to being difficult to treat, it is usually not easily diagnosed. Pleural
mesothelioma responds better than other types, but that is only if it is caught in the early stages. Due to
the difficulty in getting a timely diagnosis, the prognosis is not usually a good one.
This difficulty in diagnosis makes it critical that you inform your doctor of any known exposure to
asbestos. Without this information, your doctor may not consider asbestos related diseases as a
potential cause for your symptoms, hence delaying a proper diagnosis. Any symptom, no matter how
insignificant it might seem, needs to be reported to your doctor. Armed with this information, he can
then order appropriate tests to accurately diagnose any asbestos caused illness.
Each year approximately 2000-3000 people are diagnosed with asbestos related cancer. This number is
projected to go higher over the next decade. Researchers and scientists continue to study Mesothelioma
and its possible causes. Hopefully, with advancements in treatment options, Mesothelioma patients will
have better a better prognosis in the long term.
If you are having previously unexplained symptoms, and think you might have been exposed to
asbestos, talk with your doctor. You might end up with some tests that were not needed, but you will
gain peace of mind when Mesothelioma is ruled out.
For more information about your legal rights, please contact mesothelioma attorney John Donahue at
JD Law Group at 1-888-736-4248 or go to to submit your claim.
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