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ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASES
Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, and a variety of other asbestos-related diseases. Learn more about the types and symptoms of these diseases.
Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? You May Be Entitled to Compensation.
Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly form of cancer that attacks the lining of lungs, stomach or heart. Victims of mesothelioma may have lived or worked around asbestos products for years without knowing the danger it posed. Once breathed in, asbestos particles can remain in the protective lining that covers many of the body's vital organs for decades, causing damage years before an individual is diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Thousands of people across the country have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. This devastating disease is a result of some negligent asbestos manufacturers and other companies, and you deserve justice. Find out more about mesothelioma by contacting us today. You may be entitled to compensation.
Types of Mesothelioma
There are several different types of mesothelioma, depending on area of the body is affected. While pleural (lung) mesothelioma is the most common, other types can affect the lining of the abdomen or the heart. Learn more about the types of mesothelioma and their symptoms.Read More…
Pleural Mesothelioma (Lung)
The most common type of asbestos cancer is pleural mesothelioma. Approximately 75% of all mesothelioma cases are this type. The pleura is the mesothelium around the lungs and in the chest. Scientists believe that asbestos particles become lodged in the pleura after they are breathed in, and irritate the lining. Asbestos can remain in the lung lining for 30-40 years before mesothelioma is diagnosed.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
Since the symptoms of this cancer are so closely related to other respiratory illness such as bronchitis and pneumonia, pleural mesothelioma may be initially misdiagnosed.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma (Abdomen)
When mesothelioma is found in the lining of the abdomen, it is called peritoneal mesothelioma. Medical experts think that asbestos might travel through lymph system to get to the abdominal lining, or that particles may have been inadvertently swallowed by those working around the substance. It is estimated that anywhere from 10-30% of asbestos cancer cases are peritoneal mesothelioma.
Generally, peritoneal mesothelioma seems to be diagnosed 20-30 years after exposure to asbestos. Symptoms include:
Pericardial Mesothelioma (Heart)
The rarest form of mesothelioma affects the lining around the heart. No one knows exactly how asbestos makes its way to the heart lining, but some experts think that small pieces might break off from particles lodged in the lung lining and travel through the bloodstream to the heart.
Less than 10% of all mesothelioma cases are of the pericardial type. As the asbestos creates fluid around the heart, symptoms of the cancer include irregular heart activity.
Whether you have been diagnosed with pleural, peritoneal or pericardial mesothelioma, you may be entitled to legal compensation. We are happy to offer you a free, no-obligation consultation.
Mesothelioma may present a number of symptoms depending on the type of disease. Some symptoms include:
Asbestosis and Asbestos-Related Cancers
Exposure to asbestos increases the risk of asbestosis and other respiratory and gastrointestinal cancers such as those found in the lungs, throat, esophagus, and colon. Asbestosis is an inflammatory condition of the lungs that can result in coughing, shortness of breath, and – in some cases – permanent lung damage.
While lung cancer is most commonly caused by smoking, it can also be asbestos-related. Those who smoke and also were exposed to asbestos may increase their risk of developing lung cancer. However, unlike mesothelioma, not all lung cancer cases are associated with asbestos. If you are unsure and think you may be suffering from mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, contact us today.