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As the most common form affecting three-fourths of those diagnosed, pleural
mesothelioma attacks the lungs and respiratory areas of the body. The
only known cause of this malignant mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
Although the prognosis for every type of this disease is generally grim,
patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma often have a better chance
at a longer survival rate due to the extensive research being done to
help patients. Depending on the stage at which a patient is diagnosed,
he or she could live for over three years. With chemotherapy, radiation
therapy, and immunotherapy, months or even years can be added to one’s
You may be able to pursue a
mesothelioma lawsuit years after first exposure. Call (877) 958-7920 today to discuss your
situation with a legal professional.
What is Pleural Mesothelioma?
Cancer can begin anywhere in the body that is lined with a mesothelium
membrane. However, pleural mesothelioma will usually be discovered in
the lungs. This disease causes cells of the mesothelium membrane to grow
faster in an abnormal manner. In fact, the cells become out of control
and divide excessively. Then, the bad cells spread across to other areas
of the body that are related to the mesothelium.
The symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain under the ribs
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal bloating
- Persistent coughing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Weight loss
- Abnormalities in blood clotting
- Fluid surrounding the lung
- Coughing up blood
Some may want to confuse mesothelioma with
lung cancer, which is caused by smoking because they have similar characteristics;
inhaling microscopic particles that attack the lungs develops both. As
a result, uncontrollable cells lead to the malignant growth of exposed
tissue. Signs of lung cancer may not be seen until many years have passed.
When the problem is diagnosed, a mesothelioma attorney should be consulted
Primary Causes of Pleural Mesothelioma
Approximately 2,000 people are diagnosed with this disease in the United
States each year, and it can be fatal without proper treatment. Most cases
that have been diagnosed could have been prevented. People go to work
every day without realizing they are in danger of lung disease due to
asbestos exposure. The atmosphere is contaminated by small fibers that have become airborne.
The workplace has become a literal death zone because of exposure to asbestos fibers.
Pleural mesothelioma has been linked to the simian virus 40 and exposure
to radiation. However, the majority of the cases have been due to breathing
asbestos. The first cases were discovered from miners who worked in the
African asbestos mines during the 1960s. Construction and manufacturing
companies used asbestos commercially because of silicate minerals found
in the material.
How is Pleural Mesothelioma Diagnosed?
In order to diagnose pleural mesothelioma, the doctor will ask patients
questions concerning employment history. Images may be taken with x-rays,
CT scans, MRI scans or PET scans. If there is speculation, a biopsy will
be scheduled and tissue samples may be taken. If there are traces of mesothelioma,
the doctor will make further studies to see what stage the cancer is in.
Lingering Traces of Asbestos
Today, asbestos has been banned in European countries. In the Western Hemisphere,
the United States has spent millions of dollars removing it from many
of the government buildings. Our children have been exposed because of
the use of asbestos in the products used in the construction of schools.
Asbestos has been used in various types of insulation for walls and pipes.
It was ideal for making bricks. Cement was mixed with asbestos. It was
a key ingredient in making drywall, flooring, roofing, ceiling, and many
other uses. This is the reason people from many different occupations
developed this disease after being exposed for several years.
Call (877) 958-7920 for Experienced Legal Representation
Malignant pleural mesothelioma appears in the lungs more than any place
in the body. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are used to treat the
disease. Surgery may also be needed to remove some of the tumors.
The pleural mesothelioma lawyers of Shrader & Associates L.L.P. have
helped thousands of people across the nation recover millions of dollars
from companies that exposed them to asbestos.
Call (877) 958-7920 for a consultation!