Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that affects the lining of internal organs as a result of asbestos exposure. Despite a decades-long latency period, mesothelioma usually proves deadly within 18 months of diagnosis.

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. It 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. The onset of mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos can take anywhere from 15 – 45 years. A person’s life span is typically 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, etc.

The real tragedy of mesothelioma is that it is a disease that is easily preventable. But for years, manufacturers hid the dangers of asbestos exposure. Corporate documents from as early as the 1930s note the deadly nature of asbestos, but these findings were never shared with the public, and no measures were taken to protect people exposed to asbestos. Even today, asbestos is not completely banned in the United States, even though research has proven there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.

Symptoms

Early symptoms of mesothelioma can be very general. Thus, they are often ignored, or mesothelioma may be misdiagnosed. Mesothelioma may affect three different areas in the body, the chest (pleural mesothelioma), the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma), or, rarely, the heart (pericardial mesothelioma). Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma (lining of the chest) can include:

  • pain in the lower back or at the side of the chest
  • shortness of breath
  • trouble swallowing
  • hoarseness
  • cough
  • fever
  • sweating
  • feeling tired / fatigue
  • weight loss
  • swelling of the face and arms
  • muscle weakness

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma (lining of the abdominal cavity) include:

  • abdominal pain, sometimes severe
  • weight loss
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • fluid or a lump in the abdomen

Symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma (lining of the heart) include:

  • constrictive pericarditis
  • pericardial effusion
  • cardiac tamponade
  • heart failure caused by myocardial infarction

Other symptoms include persistent coughing and coughing blood. Diagnosing mesothelioma is often difficult, because the symptoms are similar to those of a number of other conditions. If you have worked with asbestos or may have been exposed to asbestos in the environment and you have any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away. There is no known cure for mesothelioma.


We're here to help!

We live by our creed of "helping those who need it most" and have helped thousands of clients get the justice they desperately needed and deserved. If you feel you have a case or just have questions please contact us for a free consultation. There is no risk and no fees unless we win for you.

Fields marked    may be required for submission.
  1. I'm an attorney

Wife of Va. Shipyard Worker Wins Court Award for...

The widow of a former shipyard worker who died from exposure to asbestos while building Navy aircraft...

Cancer Found in Minnesota Miners

A rare form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure has been found in another 35 miners on the Iron Range...

Safety Alert over Crayola Crayons

The best-selling children's crayons in Britain are at the center of a health alert after claims that...

Mesothelioma Claim Law Change Backed

Changes in the law making it easier for people to claim compensation for asbestos-related lung cancer...

Cash Sooner for Mesothelioma Victims

Plans to speed up compensation claims for those affected by a deadly lung disease have been hailed as...

Mesothelioma Foundation Awards $1M for Research

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced today it has awarded an additional $1 million in...

Asbestos Usage Tied to Deaths from Asbestos-Related...

Historical asbestos consumption, a surrogate measure for asbestos exposure at a population level, is...

NYU Study Validates MESOMARK Test for Monitoring an...

There is new hope for the thousands of Americans suffering from mesothelioma, an aggressive form of...

Ex-mechanic Wins Mesothelioma Lawsuit Against 2...

What Grenier didn't know was that with every clutch disc and brake pad he handled, he was exposing...

Beasley Allen Law Firm Supports Asbestos Ban

Tom Methvin, President of Beasley Allen Law Firm in Montgomery Alabama, announced the firm's support of...

Mesothelioma Stalks Factory Workers

Despite intentional exposure to asbestos in the workplace ending more than 20 years ago, it is now the...

Widow Testifies in Front of Congress in Support of...

The widow of the late U.S. Rep. Bruce Vento, who died from asbestos-related cancer, urged Congress on...

Best firm by far

Our case was handled with the utmost integrity and professionalism. If I could give them 10 stars, I would. This is the best legal firm I have ever dealt with by far.

—Pat