For someone who is diagnosed with mesothelioma, knowing the history of the illness suggests that it is essentially a death sentence and it’s easy for the patient to feel as though they are defeated and there’s nothing that they can do.
However, recent studies suggest that death rates are often dependent on the cause of the mesothelioma, as well as the type of mesothelioma the patient has. For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, knowing the type of mesothelioma you may have can be helpful in understanding treatment options and potential risks of dying from the illness.
What Factors are Involved in Mortality Rates?
The studies looked at individuals who suffered from asbestos exposure and their risk of passing away. Some of the findings determined that those suffering from lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma saw highs and lows, while patients with peritoneal mesothelioma saw a continued rise in the number of deaths.
When looking at life expectancy following asbestos exposure, those with pleural mesothelioma peaked between the 20th and 29th year following the exposure. However, death risks peaked at 20 years for peritoneal mesothelioma and never decreased.
When someone has mesothelioma or another lung cancer but has never been exposed to asbestos, the mortality rates are lower than those who have been exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives. It also depends on the type of treatment available based on the timeliness of diagnosis and whether it is caught early enough.
For any patient who lives for a long time after a mesothelioma diagnosis, it’s easy to see how medical expenses and other costs can build up. Because of this, it’s important to recognize what rights you have and how you can pursue compensation against the party responsible for your exposure to asbestos to help cover the damages you have experienced.
At Shrader & Associates, our mesothelioma attorneys work with you to build a strong case strategy and help you determine what comes next. We’ll stand by your side every step of the way and work to help you obtain justice.
Call our firm at (877) 958-7920 today to discuss your potential case.