Mesothelioma is similar to other cancers in that it can be either benign or malignant. Often, the malignancy of mesothelioma depends on the cancer’s stage. Get informed on how common it is for mesothelioma to be malignant and what you can do if you’re suffering from this condition.
When Does Mesothelioma Metastasize?
Some cancers are benign. This means the tumors do not invade nearby tissue or spread to other parts of the body the way malignant tumors can.
While benign mesothelioma is rarer than malignant mesothelioma, cases do occur. Most people with mesothelioma, however, will experience metastasis of their tumors at some point. Metastasis is when cancerous tumors spread to the lymph nodes and subsequently to distant parts of the body, creating a condition that is much more difficult to treat.
Mesothelioma often metastasizes by Stage 3 or 4 of the cancer. And, unfortunately, most cases of mesothelioma are not diagnosed until these later stages because, most of the time, symptoms do not present themselves until this time. This is because mesothelioma has a long latency period, which is the time that elapses between asbestos exposure and symptom presentation.
Mesothelioma’s long latency period, which often causes cases not to be diagnosed until the later stages, makes this condition quite legal. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate of mesothelioma is approximately 10%.
Diagnosed with Mesothelioma? We’re Here to Help
One of the most distressing things about mesothelioma is that it is largely preventable when asbestos is identified and removed from populated areas. However, this does not always happen and people can still come into contact with the toxic substance. This most often happens to industrial workers, shipyard workers, firefighters, and others who work in older buildings.
If you or someone you love developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure, our team is here to help. We may be able to recover compensation to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Call Shrader & Associates L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 to schedule a free consultation.