There are many differences between mesothelioma and lung cancer. While both are serious cancers, some very important differences exist between these two types of cancer. If you received a diagnosis of either mesothelioma or asbestos lung cancer as a result of your exposure to asbestos, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to learn if you have a strong case and can receive compensation for your condition. We work on a contingency-fee basis, so you do not pay unless we win.
Facts About Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is almost always related to the exposure of asbestos and found in the lining of the lungs, lining of the abdomen, lining around the heart, or around the testicles.
Facts About Lung Cancer
The use of tobacco-related products or exposure to certain chemicals like radon typically causes lung cancer. It is typically not caused by asbestos exposure. However, asbestos lung cancer is possible.
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Differences Between Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer
There are many differences between mesothelioma and lung cancer. Some of the most important differences are listed below.
Both cancers grow differently in the body. Mesothelioma typically starts as tiny tumor nodules that scatter throughout the mesothelial lining and grow together to form a sheath-like tumor in the lining surrounding the organ. Lung cancer typically starts as an individual mass with a defined boundary. Additionally, pleural mesothelioma shows a pleural thickening (scarring) or pleural effusion (fluid buildup) in the chest cavity. Lung cancer patients may have pleural effusion, but typically they will have no thickening of the chest cavity lining. Mesothelioma can sit dormant for 15-60 years and then grow rapidly, while lung cancer may appear within 10-30 years after the first exposure to either asbestos or cigarette smoke.
Lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in the United States, with approximately 220,00 new cases annually. Mesothelioma is rare, and doctors diagnose only 2,800 cases each year, which includes all four kinds of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is nearly exclusively the result of asbestos exposure. Lung cancer is typically due to cigarette and tobacco use, exposure to radon gas, or secondhand smoke. Smoking may increase the risk of asbestos lung cancer, only because the lungs are not healthy and are unable to expel the microscopic asbestos particles. However, smoking does not cause mesothelioma.
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While there are many differences between mesothelioma and lung cancer, there are many similarities as well. The following are the similarities between these two cancers.
- Both typically take decades to develop.
- Both do not present symptoms until they are in advanced stages.
- Some symptoms of pleural mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer are similar.
- Both types of cancer have similar survival rates, with lung cancer patients having a bit more of an advantage for long-term survival.
- Both pleural mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer have similar diagnostic procedures.
- Both pleural mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer have similar treatments, including a combination of surgery, chemotherapy treatment, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, gene therapy, and clinical trials.
Only a doctor can make a definitive diagnosis of either mesothelioma or lung cancer. Make sure to always see a specialist if you have any concerns that your symptoms may be related to asbestos, as primary medical care doctors often overlook these rare conditions.
Contact an Attorney
If you are concerned that you may have either mesothelioma or lung cancer, your first step is to get a medical evaluation by a doctor. If you have ever had any type of exposure to asbestos, make sure to always get a yearly medical check-up that looks for any potential signs or symptoms of either mesothelioma or lung cancer. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to determine if you can receive compensation for your asbestos-related mesothelioma or lung cancer.