Mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is an increasingly common type of lung cancer brought on by exposure to asbestos. When inhaled, asbestos fibers become embedded in the pleura, or outer lining of the lungs, leaving behind scarring and lesions. These lesions and scars eventually develop into full-blown pleural mesothelioma, a deadly form of lung cancer for which there is no cure. Asbestos fibers can also settle in the abdominal region, triggering the development of peritoneal mesothelioma. This type of lung cancer is equally dangerous.
What is Mesothelioma? Like asbestosis, both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma generally lies somewhat dormant for years after a victim is exposed to asbestos; some patients do not show symptoms until up to 40 years or more after exposure.
These symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
- Chronic cough
- Expectorating blood
- Stomach pain
- Shortness of breath/ wheezing
- Chronic fatigue
- Weight loss
- Chest pain
Mesothelioma, whether pleural or peritoneal, is, in most cases, fatal. In fact, most patients die within just two years of diagnosis. However, researchers are working hard to develop new treatments and perhaps even a cure for the disease.
Available Mesothelioma Treatments
- Removal of fluid accumulation from the chest
- Gene therapy
- Photodynamic therapy
Asbestos is a toxic, naturally occurring mineral that was found in thousands of products – such as home and boat insulation, brake pads, and floor and ceiling tiles – through roughly 1980, when it was determined to cause a myriad of life-threatening asbestos exposure-related diseases, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and pleural mesothelioma. Researchers agree that when asbestos fibers are inhaled, they get trapped in the lungs, causing scar tissue build-up and lesions. Such tissue and lesions lead to difficult breathing, disease, and, too often, death.
In recent years, there has been an alarming increase in the number of cases of pleural mesothelioma a nd other asbestos exposure -relate d diseases, probably because many of such ailments don’t surface until years – sometimes as long as four decades – after exposure. That puts the thousands of construction workers, drywallers, shipbuilders, floor covering installers, automobile repair workers, cementers, oil refinery workers, and other laborers who worked with asbestos during its hey day – between 1940 and 1980 at serious risk for falling ill with pleural mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer in the near future.
If you have worked with asbestos, even for a short time, you may be at risk for developing asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma. Contact a mesothelioma or personal injury attorney who specializes in asbestos exposure-related diseases and mesothelioma in your area. He or she can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Despite early evidence that it was dangerous, many companies downplayed the risks of asbestos exposure, continuing to manufacture asbestos products and failing to provide employees with necessary protection. During the 1970s the US government took action by regulating and restricting the use of asbestos. However, for many, it was too late. Thousands of former workers have since developed serious, life-threatening asbestos exposure-related diseases, including asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and lung cancer. For these victims, there is hope. There are many qualified personal injury attorneys who are experienced in handling asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma, and asbestos exposure-related lung cancer cases. Read on to learn more and to find out if you have a case or to contact a mesothelioma attorney.
Asbestosis, also called pulmonary fibrosis and idiopathic interstitial pneumonitis, is a non-cancerous lung disease caused by asbestos exposure. The disease develops when asbestos fibers become lodged in the lungs, causing inflammation and triggering the development of scar tissue. This scar tissue stiffens the lungs, making it difficult for air to flow in and out of them and ultimately, inhibiting breathing and causing a serious cough.
Asbestosis usually doesn’t surface for at least a decade after asbestos exposure, and it is often misdiagnosed as lung cancer or other diseases. If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be at increased risk for other respiratory problems and are advised to avoid further asbestos exposure and to stop smoking.
If you are a victim of asbestosis, you may be entitled to damages. Contact a personal injury attorney who specializes in asbestos exposure-related illnesses in your area to find out more information
Lung Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure
Experts agree that both smoking and asbestos exposure can greatly increase your chances of developing lung cancer. If you believe you may be at risk, it is imperative that you first seek medical attention and then consult a personal injury attorney who specializes in handling pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer cases.
Do You Have a Case Involving Asbestos Exposure?
If you have developed asbestosis, mesothelioma, or asbestos exposure-related lung cancer, you may be entitled to compensation, depending on how long ago you were exposed, where you were exposed, and where the companies you believe to be responsible currently reside.
For more information, speak with a personal injury attorney who specializes in handling cases that involve asbestos, asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and asbestos exposure-related lung cancer.