Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer

Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer

Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer. Workers in various occupations used products made of asbestos without knowing the danger they faced. These products include insulation for industrial equipment, wiring, pipes, ceiling and flooring tiles, roofing, and lining for ships.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral substance that consists of soft, flexible, and heat-resistant fibers. These qualities once made asbestos a popular choice for many products, however it was also discovered to be extremely toxic. When asbestos is accidentally ingested, the fibers often get trapped inside the body. As workers inhaled asbestos fibers, the particles scarred their lungs and in some cases, eventually caused a form of lung cancer, known as mesothelioma. Although asbestos manufacturers knew of the harmful effects, workers were not warned of the risks.

Cancerous (malignant) mesothelioma is the most common form, usually affecting the lungs. A cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath are symptoms. Treatment may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Supportive treatments can relieve symptoms.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that is caused by inhaled asbestos fibers and forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and chest pain. The life expectancy for most mesothelioma patients is approximately 12 months after diagnosis. Treatment may improve prognosis and can include surgery, chemotherapy or radiation.

Although doctors use radiation and chemotherapy to treat mesothelioma and lung cancer, there is no cure. A battle with mesothelioma often results in overwhelming medical expenses and you have a right to hold liable parties responsible.

Mesothelioma is an incurable, asbestos-related cancer that typically affects the lining of the lungs. However, mesothelioma tumors can develop in the lining of the abdominal cavity or heart.

A personal injury lawyer who has experience with mesothelioma cases can answer your questions about mesothelioma and determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call our law firm. There is no charge for a case evaluation to discuss your situation.

Facts about mesothelioma:

  • More than 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed yearly in the United States.
  • Pleural mesothelioma accounts for 75% of cases.
  • Average age of mesothelioma patient is 69.
  • Men represent the majority of mesothelioma diagnoses.
  • Average life expectancy for mesothelioma patients is 12 to 21 months.


Symptoms of mesothelioma appear when tumors spread, grow and press against the chest wall and the abdominal cavity. Chest pain and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms.

  • Dry coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Respiratory complications
  • Pain in the chest or abdomen
  • Fever or night sweats
  • Pleural effusion (fluid around the lungs)
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness in the muscles

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Asbestos, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer