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An estimated 20 million people in the United States are at risk of developing a type of cancer called mesothelioma at some point in their lives. Approximately 80 percent of mesothelioma cases can be linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is an undetectable group of minerals that is toxic to humans. As more information about the link is coming forward, more victims are accusing those responsible for exposing them to the poisonous element for putting their lives at risk.
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WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that attacks the mesothelium. This is a thin lining found on several of the body’s internal organs. Mesothelioma develops where the lining is present which may include the lungs, abdomen, or heart. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 2,400 to 2,800 individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year. Mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure and has been deemed incurable.
MESOTHELIOMA AND ASBESTOS
Those who have been exposed to asbestos as part of their job or everyday life are more at risk for developing mesothelioma. The microscopic airborne particles of asbestos can cause variation in the cells which results in mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the asbestos particles remain in the body long after being inhaled. Therefore, it may take several years after the initial exposure for the cancer to grow and become evident. Even very brief contact with asbestos has been found to cause mesothelioma.
CAREERS AT RISK OF MESOTHELIOMA
- Boat Building & Repairing
- Industrial & Chemical
- Blast Furnaces
Mesothelioma takes time to develop and is therefore, difficult to diagnose in its early stages. However, there are a few symptoms to look out for. Common mesothelioma symptoms include:
• Back pain
• Chest pain
• Enlarged abdomen
• Shortness of breath
• Pleurisy, inflammation of the tissues lining the lungs
• Frequent build-up of fluid in the lungs
• Weight loss
TYPES OF MESOTHELIOMA CANCER
As a rare type of mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma occurs in only about one percent of mesothelioma victims. This disease begins in the membrane around the heart. Symptoms of this form of cancer include chest pain, heart palpitation or murmurs, difficulty breathing, cough, fever, and fatigue.
This specific type of cancer begins in the abdomen and with time may affect the liver, spleen, or bowel. Peritoneal mesothelioma accounts for about 10 to 20 percent of mesothelioma cases. Symptoms of this illness may include pain or swelling in the abdominal area, anemia, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common variety of mesothelioma. The disease occurs in approximately 75 percent of mesothelioma conditions. Pleural mesothelioma begins in the chest and lungs and has the potential to reach other major organs including the brain. Symptoms include constant chest pain, coughing, major difficulty breathing, fever, fatigue, and weight loss.
This form of mesothelioma is very rare, only affecting 0.3 to 5 percent of mesothelioma cases. Testicular mesothelioma alters the lining of the sac near the testis. This type of disease is often referred to as tunica vaginalis mesothelioma and the main symptom is a painless scrotal mass with a buildup of fluid.
MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT OPTIONS
Treatment for mesothelioma highly depends on the cell that is changed. There are three main classifications of mesothelioma cells.
Epitheliod mesothelioma represents most cases of the cancer at 50 to 70 percent and it affects the line that protects internal organs. The most research has been done on this type and in turn, has the best prognosis.
Sarcomatoid mesothelioma accounts for only 7 to 20 percent of cases. Unfortunately, this type of mesothelioma is considered to be the most aggressive and is extremely difficult to diagnose due to the tumors having similarities to other cancerous conditions.
Biphasic mesothelioma is a mixture of the two cells mentioned above. It represents about 20 to 35 percent of mesothelioma cases. Biphasic mesothelioma can spread at wavering rates. Diagnosing this disease is extremely difficult and often requires a surgical biopsy.
Though medical professionals can use their research to create a treatment plan based on the affected cells, mesothelioma remains incurable.
MESOTHELIOMA LAWSUIT ELIGIBILITY
If you can prove your line of work or other daily activities put your life at risk by exposing you to asbestos and you have been diagnosed with cancer, you may wish to consult a mesothelioma attorney.
Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman has the experience needed to determine if you are eligible to join the mesothelioma lawsuit.
Our personal injury law firm will be able to hold those accountable for harming you and your family. Since it is a long process for the disease to develop, a personal injury lawyer specializing in mesothelioma, like The People’s Lawyer, will be able to collect the assorted details needed to represent you.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the Utica, NY or surrounding areas and have been diagnosed with any illness listed above, you may be entitled to compensation. You may be able to receive compensation for issues such as current and future medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of work and missed wages, permanent injuries, and wrongful death. Contact Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman for a free consultation to determine if you are eligible for substantial compensation from the mesothelioma lawsuit.
WHY CHOOSE BRINDISI, MURAD & BRINDISI PEARLMAN AS YOUR MESOTHELIOMA LAWYER?
Brindisi, Murad & Brindisi Pearlman are experienced personal injury attorneys with the knowledge and compassion to fight for the community. It is not fair that your employer put your life at risk and our team of asbestos lawyers know the unique laws behind asbestos exposure cases and how to get you the compensation you deserve. We have helped hundreds of personal injury victims, let us help you. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to asbestos, call The People’s Lawyers today.
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