How to Get Help for Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, a thin layer of tissue that covers many internal organs. There is no possible cure for this aggressive cancer, which can result in death. Mesothelioma mostly affects the tissue around the lungs. It can also infect the tissue of the abdomen, heart, and testicles. Pleural mesothelioma, which forms on the tissue near the lungs, has several symptoms. Some symptoms include:
- Chest pains
- Painful coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss
These symptoms are like pericardial mesothelioma, which infects tissue near the heart. The symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma, which infects the tissue near the abdominal area are:
- Abdominal pain or swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
Go to your doctor if any of the listed symptoms raise any concerns.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease, and it is unknown what causes it. This is because the symptoms are not rare, linking the symptoms to other diseases. One cause could be genetic abnormalities. One major risk factor is exposure to asbestos. Approximately 70%-80% of patients with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos. This material was used as insulation in buildings since it is fire resistant. It was also used in lining brakes, roofing supplies, cement, and floor tiles. Asbestos was used mostly between the 1930s-1960s in the United States. Exposure to asbestos, occurs by breathing in or swallowing the fibers of the material. In the United States, most asbestos usage stopped after the 1980s.
One major concern about asbestos is occupational exposure. The list of occupations linked to asbestos exposure is vast, which includes:
- Shipyard workers
- Home remodelers
- Brake mechanics
Direct exposure to asbestos is a major cause of mesothelioma, but secondary exposure is also another risk factor. A person working all day with exposure to asbestos fibers in their clothes, exposing these same fibers to their loved ones at home. This secondary exposure to asbestos can be a risk factor in family members of workers having asbestos exposure or mesothelioma.
Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed each year with the disease and account for less than 1% of cancers. However, there is treatment available including:
- Surgery to remove infected organs or areas.
Consult your doctor to explore any treatments available, to lessen pain and other symptoms associated with mesothelioma.
If you worked in any industry between the 1930s-1980s and think you might have been exposed to asbestos, you can seek legal assistance through a mesothelioma lawyer. This legal professional can see if your occupation puts you at risk for asbestos exposure. Get a free consultation with a mesothelioma lawyer today. They will work with you to see what compensation you and your family deserve for the pain and suffering due to mesothelioma or asbestos exposure.