There are people in North Carolina and throughout the United States who are walking around with a terminal illness without being aware of it. This illness can linger in a person’s body for years before he or she exhibits symptoms. There is no cure of the disease known as ”mesothelioma.” If your doctor diagnoses you with this condition, it may be that, at some point, you had exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos exposure is a primary cause of mesothelioma. This disease progresses slowly at first. Understanding what it does inside the human body can help those afflicted with the illness, as well as their loved ones and caretakers, to help them alleviate pain and experience as much of a quality life as possible.
There are four main types of mesothelioma
If you face exposure to asbestos and breathe in or swallow the microscopic fibers, some of them may become lodged in your lungs or other areas in your body. In time, you may exhibit symptoms of mesothelioma. The following list includes four types of the disease:
- Mesothelioma of tunica vaginalis, which affects the male testicles
- Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, which settles in the abdominal region
- Malignant pericardial mesothelioma, which attacks heart tissue
- Malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lungs
The latter is the most commonly contracted form of the disease. However, if a doctor diagnoses you with any of the four types, it is an illness for which there is no cure.
Symptoms that often surface over time
You might have worked in a shipyard or factory of an automotive shop years ago. You might even be retired by now. Whether you are still working or not, if you develop the symptoms included in the list below, you may want to seek medical attention to discuss possible mesothelioma, especially if it is possible that you had an exposure to asbestos on the job:
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Lingering cough
- Raspy or hoarse voice
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Extreme fatigue
- Trouble breathing or swallowing
As the disease reaches its later stages, symptoms may become more severe. It is possible that you might need daily living support from family members or a professional care program if you are no longer able to take care of your own needs.
Many mesothelioma victims have sought justice in court
With regard to employment, your employer is obligated to inform you of known hazards on the job, especially if there is asbestos present. Many employers throughout the country, perhaps including some in North Carolina, have failed in their duties to keep workers safe.
If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe that your asbestos exposure arose because of another party’s negligence, you may want to learn more about the litigation process.