Mesothelioma and asbestos — what you should know

In this episode of the Beasley Allen Report, host Gibson Vance welcomes fellow Beasley Allen attorney Mike Andrews to discuss mesothelioma and its inherent cause, asbestos. Mike graduated from Montgomery’s Jones School of Law in 2001. His practice’s primary focus is on product liability, typically dealing with heavy machinery such as 18-wheelers, and the deadly cancer mesothelioma. Mesothelioma commonly affects the lining of the chest cavity and lungs but may also affect the lining of the abdomen or, more rarely, the lining of the heart. Although traditionally seen in older men with a history of working in areas of heavy asbestos exposure, today more and more cases of secondary exposure are being diagnosed as well. The known cause of mesothelioma derives from a group of naturally occurring minerals known as asbestos. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. Sadly, a person’s life span is usually 12-24 months after diagnosis of mesothelioma, but it depends on the size of the cancer, where it is, how far it has spread, how it responds to treatment, the health of the patient, and other factors. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.


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