21 Year Old Diagnosed with Peritoneal Mesothelioma Cancer
Mesothelioma is a fatal disease that affects people of all ages. Because the latency period of the disease is somewhere between 20 and 40 years, on average, many people incorrectly believe that mesothelioma cannot occur in young adults and children. Exposure to asbestos, the primary cause of mesothelioma, puts people of all races, genders, ages, and backgrounds at risk for becoming a victim of the cancerous disease. Asbestos exposure has been proven to be a primary cause for a number of diseases, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.
A tragic example of the toll mesothelioma can take on young men and women is the case of 21-year-old Kevin Morrison. Morrison, a Norwood, Massachusetts native and former star athlete at his hometown high school, was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma this past February. Peritoneal mesothelioma, a variant of the disease that primarily affects the lining of the victim’s abdomen, is diagnosed in approximately 500 Americans each year.
To date, treatment for Kevin’s mesothelioma diagnosis has taken place at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, but that treatment is only a temporary circumstance. An article about Morrison on Boston.com speaks of the former football and hockey team captain’s heartbreaking condition and the lack of availability in the Boston area of the alternative treatments he may need. Adding to the severity of his situation is the fact that his family’s insurance is unlikely to cover the costs of any alternative treatment methods, which has forced the Morrison family to make extensive efforts to raise funds for Kevin’s treatment. For those interested in helping Kevin and his family, a charity called Kevin’s Cause has been created to help raise money for Kevin’s substantial medical bills.
It is crucial to recognize that asbestos exposure is harmful to everyone. There is no safe way to handle or utilize the substance, though its use remains legal in the United States. Please consider joining the movement to ban asbestos altogether to help end the nightmare of mesothelioma.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and are unsure of how you will be able to meet the high financial costs of treatment, it is important that you consult an asbestos attorney about the possibility of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit in order to receive financial compensation. contact Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. today for a free legal consultation with a mesothelioma attorney and to have all of your asbestos law and mesothelioma-related questions answered.