Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor, a rare type of cancer that forms in the lining of organs such as the abdomen, lungs, and heart. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma are shortness of breath and chest pain, but the symptoms can differ depending on the type of mesothelioma.
If you have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma or you are worried that you have this rare form of cancer, you will probably know that the only known cause of the disease is the inhalation of asbestos. Asbestos is a substance that was commonly used in construction and manufacturing, therefore those who have worked in these industries may have been exposed, and their illness may have been caused by this.
As a result, most mesothelioma sufferers are able to take legal action and gain the compensation that they deserve due to the fact that they are suffering from an occupational disease. The following is an overview of the four different types of mesothelioma that you should be aware of.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma. It accounts for between 70% and 75% of all mesothelioma cases. Due to the frequency of this type of mesothelioma, more research has been conducted. Pleural mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the lungs and is believed to develop over time after a person has inhaled asbestos.
Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdomen and accounts for between 10% to 20% of all mesothelioma cases. While it’s rarer than pleural mesothelioma, it has a better prognosis, and studies report that 52% live at least five years after surgery.
Pericardial mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the hearts, and it is extremely rare. The symptoms often include chest pain, difficulty breathing and an irregular heartbeat.
Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest form of mesothelioma. It’s so rare in fact that less than 100 cases have been reported. It is a type of cancer that forms in the lining covering the testes, and symptoms include scrotal swelling.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a type of mesothelioma, taking action to gain workers’ compensation could help you to pay medical expenses and to support your family, enabling you relief from financial burdens at this difficult time.