A Month-Long Series on Information You Should Know about Mesothelioma
This month, we will explore mesothelioma in a series dedicated to the lifecycle of mesothelioma. This lifecycle will include discussions in phases of the disease and also discussions involving a victim’s legal rights and what type of legal representation is the best for successful trial or settlement.
Articles in Section I will include discussions on asbestos exposure, mesothelioma symptoms and the effects of the disease on the veteran community with asbestos on navy ships and veterans with mesothelioma.
Articles in Section II will provide information on receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, mesothelioma prognosis, malignant mesothelioma and the types of mesothelioma such as peritoneal mesothelioma.
Articles in Section III will detail how to find a mesothelioma attorney. There are many types of asbestos law firms fighting these types of tort cases. Any victim of mesothelioma should know it is important to recognize the characteristics to look for when securing an asbestos cancer lawyer, mesothelioma lawyer, an asbestos law firm or any attorney for mesothelioma.
Articles in Section IV will discuss information pertaining to the mesothelioma survival rate and mesothelioma life expectancy. Both topics are difficult to embrace but necessary to know so that affairs can be put in order.
All articles in this series are designed to provide you with helpful information in dealing with mesothelioma.
Section I: Peritoneal Mesothelioma Is a Serious Diagnosis – Make Sure You are Prepared
Patients will ask how asbestos causes peritoneal mesothelioma. There are two ways that are still in hypothesis form as to how this occurs: by inhaling the microscopic fibers that then travel through the lymph node system to the peritoneal cavity; or by actually ingesting the fibers so that they work themselves into the cavity of the peritoneal region and peritoneum.
There are two parts that make up the peritoneum – the parietal and visceral. The parietal peritoneum covers the abdominal cavity and the viscera peritoneum covers the internal organs and the intestinal tract. When mesothelioma cancer cells affect these areas, vital organs are in jeopardy. The normal function of cells lining these organ involves the secretion of fluid to allow the organs to move against one another. The cancer can cause these cells to overproduce fluids and this creates a build-up of excess fluid.
This is an extremely rare cancer – only 100-500 cases are diagnosed in the United States on an annual basis and this only accounts for 30% of the total mesothelioma cases.