Mesothelioma symptoms can sneak up on you. A rare type of cancer, mesothelioma, develops from the epithelial and/or sarcomatoid cells that line the internal organs of the body. It is almost always linked to asbestos exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma can be classified in a number of ways including by site, cell type and tumor type. The three types of mesothelioma classified by site are pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. Pleural mesothelioma initiates in the lining of the lungs. This form of cancercauses 75 percent of all mesothelioma cases and is the most common. Peritoneal mesothelioma originates in the abdomen cavity and accounts for 20 percent of cases. The last and least common type of mesothelioma is pericardial and as its name suggests, originates within the lining of the heart.
What are the causes of mesothelioma symptoms?
The medical community has, without a doubt, found asbestos to be the main culprit in causing mesothelioma. Asbestos which is a naturally occurring group of silicates was used in most buildings and houses from the 1930’s to 1960’s. Since being banned in 1977 in the construction of buildings and houses, asbestos is used today in various fireproof materials, automotive parts and manufacturing equipment. Recent evidence has associated a link between irradiation, a radioactive compound as well as certain viruses as having a possible effect in causing mesothelioma, although such evidence is still circumstantial.
How long does a person live with mesothelioma symptoms?
Many people live with mesothelioma symptoms for decades without realizing it is mesothelioma. Most individuals with mesothelioma live about six months to one year after being initially diagnosed. A greatexception to this rule was the Australian author, Paul Kraus who was first diagnosed with mesothelioma in 1997 and still remains alive today. The CDC, Center for Disease Control, explains the mesothelioma life expectancy shortens a lifespan by 13 years.
What is the normal mesothelioma prognosis?
The prognosis for someone diagnosed with mesothelioma depends on variousaspectsof the disease including overall health of the individual, available treatment and most importantly the type and stage of the mesothelioma in question. Generally the prognosis for mesothelioma is poor. This is a direct result of mesothelioma’s long latency period, which, like most malignancies by the time it presents symptoms, the tumor has already metastasized to other parts of the body.
Do I need legal representation if I’m diagnosed with mesothelioma?
The short answer is yes. Attorneys who are experienced in asbestos litigation can afford the client diagnosed with mesothelioma the best opportunity to receive the highest settlement amount as opposed to the individual filing a claim on their own. Experienced asbestos attorneys also offer the client the best compensation when it comes to medical bills, insurance and lost wages. Remember, if you suspect that you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos in the past, consult an attorney who is knowledgeable in asbestos litigation immediately.