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November 09, 2016

Three Things to Know About Your Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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What is Mesothelioma? Is it a disease?

No, it’s not a disease, Mesothelioma is a highly uncommon and dangerous, often deadly form of cancer that is caused from Asbestos exposure. Typically, Mesothelioma forms in the respiratory system and in the surrounding areas, like the heart, lungs, chest and abdomen. 3,200 people are diagnosed each year in the United States with this disease.  The main four types of Mesothelioma are: Pleural (lungs), Pericardial (heart), Testicular, and Peritoneal (abdominal).  The most common type by far is pleural mesothelioma which develops in the lining of your lungs.  Pericardial and Testicular Mesothelioma tend to be the rarest accounting for less than 2 percent of all Mesothelioma diagnoses.

What Causes Mesothelioma? What Can I do to Avoid Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. This exposure causes changes in genes which may cause cells to grow out of control.  Asbestos fibers are typically breathed in at which point they travel to the ends of air passages where they can cause inflammation and scarring.  In the early parts of the industrial revolution here in the United States and up until the early 1980s, asbestos was a very popular insulation component used in housing, automotive work, military vehicles and structures, and other places. The tiny micro-fibers of asbestos float around in the air and look very similar to dust. It is impossible to distinguish or even notice asbestos in the air in the midst of other dust and dirt particles. Asbestos would then settle in your lungs, and the tiny fiber would eventually develop into a cancer – Mesothelioma.

How Mesothelioma Affects You.

There has been an estimated over thirty billion dollars ($30,000,000,000) allocated for victims of Mesothelioma. If you or a loved one has contracted any form of cancer in the chest, abdomen, lungs, or surround areas, be sure to have it checked to see if it’s Mesothelioma. Mis-diagnosis are common, but a positive screening could result in your medical costs being completely covered from the settlement.  There are great doctors in the United States that are treating folks that have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma.  Doctors offer a variety of treatment options, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.  How you are treated depends on the type of Mesothelioma and how it is staged.

Don’t let unpaid medical bills pile up and place a financial strain on you and your loved ones. Prioritize possible financial security and file an asbestos claim with a mesothelioma lawyer Aurburn AL deserves. A lawyer can help you find great treatment as well as pursue your rights in a civil recovery.

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Walker Law Firm for their insight into mesothelioma litigation.

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