Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer that typically develops as a result of exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers. The time between exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma can be decades. However, once mesothelioma cancer begins to form, it spreads and metastasizes rapidly. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at 800-794-0444. We can help you understand your legal rights, and help you build your case to receive compensation for your disease.
Where Mesothelioma Develops
Mesothelioma develops in the lining (mesothelium) of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testes. This lining surrounds most organs in the body and creates a special fluid that allows internal organs to move easily.
Four Types of Mesothelium
The four types of mesothelium that may be affected by mesothelioma include the following:
- The pleura covers the upper respiratory systems such as the lungs and the chest space that holds the lungs. This type of mesothelioma is known as pleural mesothelioma and is the most common.
- The peritoneum covers the entire abdomen area and lines many organs. This type of mesothelioma is known as peritoneal mesothelioma and is the second most common.
- The pericardium covers the heart and the chest space surrounding the heart. This type of mesothelioma is known as pericardial mesothelioma and is rare.
- The tunica vaginalis is the lining around the testes. This type of mesothelioma is known as testicular mesothelioma and is also quite rare.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
A patient will develop different symptoms based on where the mesothelioma is located in their body.
Symptoms may include chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, lumps of tissue under the skin, or weight loss. This is the most common type of mesothelioma because the inhalation of asbestos fibers often settle in the lining around the lungs.
Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma can include abdominal pain and swelling, weight loss, and nausea. This is the second most common type of mesothelioma. These symptoms can be due to other benign causes, and it is always best to consult a medical professional.
Symptoms may include chest pain and difficulty breathing. These symptoms also mimic many heart conditions. It is always best to visit with a doctor if you have any pain in your chest or heart area.
Tunica Vaginalis Mesothelioma
Symptoms include swelling or mass on the testicle. While this type of mesothelioma is rare, if you notice any swelling or masses on your testicles, it is always best to have a medical evaluation.
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Causes of Mesothelioma
Almost all cases of mesothelioma are due to the inhalation of carcinogenic asbestos fibers. Many different industries allowed workers to have exposure to asbestos fibers without warning them or providing them with appropriate respiratory equipment. The asbestos was inhaled and can then take decades to develop into mesothelioma. Additionally, family members of those who worked near or around asbestos can also be at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma, as they inhaled fibers from their family members’ clothing, skin, and hair when they returned from work.
It is important to note that most people that have had environmental asbestos exposure will never develop mesothelioma. However, if you were exposed to asbestos fibers, have a family history of mesothelioma, or have had radiation therapy to your chest, it is wise to get a yearly checkup to look for any signs or symptoms that may be related to mesothelioma. While mesothelioma cannot be prevented, if is caught early there will be more treatment options available and the prognosis may be better.
Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney
If you developed mesothelioma, you may have a right to compensation. Contact our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn what your legal rights are, how to build a strong mesothelioma case, and how to receive compensation for the development of your mesothelioma.