Helping You Better Understand Mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma is a cancer, often found in the lungs, that is connected to asbestos exposure. In many cases, asbestos exposure may have been avoided if not for the negligence of a responsible individual or group. Here are some common questions clients may have regarding mesothelioma:

What are the symptoms for mesothelioma?

Symptoms for mesothelioma can include:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Sudden loss of weight
  • Irregular heartbeat

Note that lung problems such as a pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung, are also common symptoms of mesothelioma.

What kinds of cancer come from exposure to asbestos?

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused exclusively by asbestos exposure. The cancer develops by the inhaling of asbestos fibers. It may even develop from ingestion of asbestos, as some traces may be found in water.

How rare is mesothelioma?

Every year there are an estimated 3,000 cases reported of individuals with mesothelioma.

Is mesothelioma cancer curable?

If caught early, there may be successful treatments for mesothelioma. However, many people do not notice the disease until later on in life – in which case the cancer has developed, and the survival rate is significantly lower.

How much exposure to asbestos is cause for concern?

While many people may experience asbestos exposure at some point in their lives, the truth is that no amount of exposure to asbestos is safe. Any exposure is a cause for concern. Every circumstance is different, and you simply do not know how the exposure may affect you.

What is biphasic pleural mesothelioma?

Sarcomatoid, epithelial and desmoplastic are all different cell subtypes of mesothelioma. Biphasic pleural makes up for around one quarter of malignant mesothelioma cases and it contains both sarcomatoid and epithelial cells.

How does pleural mesothelioma affect the respiratory system?

The pleura is a membrane covering the lungs. Pleural mesothelioma is a very common form of mesothelioma. In these cases, the pleura may thicken and prevent the lung from expanding, thus complicating the lung's performance.

Do I have a certain amount of time in which to file a mesothelioma lawsuit?

Depending on your state laws, the average amount of time to file a mesothelioma lawsuit is two years from your diagnosis. Note, however, that North Carolina and South Carolina have a three-year statute of limitations. Georgia holds to a two-year statute of limitations. And Tennessee's statute of limitations is one year from diagnosis.

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