If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos related cancer, you may want to seek legal advice. Typical legal settlements can reach five million dollars.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body’s internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.
What is the mesothelium?
The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. It is composed of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the organ; the other forms a sac around it.
The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing moving organs (such as the beating heart and the expanding and contracting lungs) to glide easily against adjacent structures. The mesothelium has different names, depending on its location in the body. The peritoneum is the mesothelial tissue that covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity.
The pleura is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity. The pericardium covers and protects the heart. The mesothelial tissue surrounding the male internal reproductive organs is called the tunica vaginalis testis. The tunica serosa uteri covers the internal reproductive organs in women.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.
How common is mesothelioma?
Although reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years, mesothelioma is still a relatively rare cancer. About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age, but this disease can appear in either men or women at any age.
What are the risk factors for mesothelioma?
Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. A history of asbestos exposure at work is reported in about 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation.
If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed, and can cause serious health problems. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.
Smoking does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure significantly increases a person’s risk of developing cancer of the air passageways in the lung.
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How long can you live with asbestos cancer?
The life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is generally short and varies depending on stage, gender and age. Approximately 40% of patients live past one year, and 9% live longer than five years. Long-term survival is rare, with fewer than 10% of patients living beyond five years.
Can you live a long life with asbestos?
Asbestosis can get worse over time and severe cases can place a significant strain on a person’s health and shorten their life expectancy, but in many cases the condition progresses very slowly or not at all.
Can asbestos cancer be cured?
Unfortunately, it’s rarely possible to cure mesothelioma, although treatment can help control the symptoms.
What kind of cancer can asbestos cause?
Exposure to asbestos causes mesothelioma (a cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen) and cancers of the lung, larynx, and ovary. Mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure, although the disease is relatively rare.
How long after asbestos exposure does mesothelioma occur?
The time between the first asbestos exposure and diagnosis of mesothelioma is usually between 20 and 50 years.
What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning?
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* Shortness of breath.
* A persistent, dry cough.
* Loss of appetite with weight loss.
* Fingertips and toes that appear wider and rounder than normal (clubbing)
* Chest tightness or pain.
What do you do if you touch asbestos?
You should see a GP if you have symptoms of asbestosis and think you may have been exposed to asbestos. The GP will listen to your lungs and ask about your work history. They may refer you to a specialist in lung diseases for more tests if asbestosis is suspected.
What is considered long-term asbestos exposure?
Long-term asbestos exposure is defined as regular exposure to asbestos-containing materials or asbestos dust over an extended period. Examples of long-term exposure include high-risk occupations or continued secondary exposure to a family member working around asbestos.
What type of lung cancer is caused by asbestos?
Mesothelioma is closely linked with asbestos exposure. All forms of asbestos have been linked to mesothelioma, although amphibole asbestos appears to cause this cancer at lower levels of exposure than chrysotile asbestos. Most cases of mesothelioma result from exposure to asbestos at work.
What illnesses does asbestos cause?
Exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of developing:
* Lung cancer.
* Asbestosis, which causes permanent lung damage.
* Mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the chest and stomach lining.
* Cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, kidney and throat (larynx or oropharynx).
* Scarring of the lung lining.
How many years does it take for asbestos-related diseases to develop?
Development of asbestos-related disease that cause this restriction, as well as other symptoms, has a latency period anywhere between 10 and 50 years. Symptoms usually only present themselves 20 to 30 years after exposure to asbestos, once the disease has already started to develop.
How do I know if its asbestos?
Generally, you can’t tell whether a material contains asbestos simply by looking at it, unless it is labeled. If in doubt, treat the material as if it contains asbestos and leave it alone.
Does asbestos make you tired?
Extreme tiredness can be a sign of an asbestos-related condition and when combined with other common symptoms, such as shortness of breath and swollen fingertips, can be an indication of an asbestos related illness, such as mesothelioma or lung cancer.
What organs does asbestos affect?
In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can also cause cancer of the larynx and ovary. Current evidence also suggests asbestos exposure may cause cancer of the pharynx, stomach, and colorectum. People concerned about asbestos exposure should visit their doctor or other medical provider.No