How to Get Help if Diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma
Malignant mesothelioma develops in the mesothelium, a membrane that forms the lining of body cavities, like the thoracic cavity, the abdominal cavity, and the heart sac. Malignant mesothelioma most commonly attacks the pleura, the outer lining of lungs and the chest wall.
Most people develop mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos in workplaces. The link between asbestos and this aggressive, deadly form of cancer was established in the 1950s. Asbestos now ranks among the most potent carcinogenic substances in the environment. Despite this, asbestos continues to be used in the production of many products today. Access to an experienced mesothelioma lawyer may help those exposed to asbestos or suffering from mesothelioma.
Inhaling asbestos fibers primarily causes mesothelioma. These hazardous and microscopic fibers, which when disturbed are released in the atmosphere may be inhaled by those around it. People who are exposed to this hazardous material may receive compensation when diagnosed with mesothelioma if they get a competent mesothelioma lawyer for representation. In some cases, asbestos may be present in construction cement, insulation, boilers, steam pipes, and many other products.
Symptoms of mesothelioma may differ and depend on the area it affects. When it affects the thoracic cavity the patient may experience symptoms like shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain and blood in sputum. Symptoms of mesothelioma in the abdominal cavity are characterized by weight loss, fatigue, anemia, abdominal swelling and bowel problems. The problem, however, is that diagnosis is not easy and symptoms may take decades to surface. Moreover, most of these symptoms mimic other conditions and this makes diagnosis even more difficult.
The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings for people exposed to asbestos at workplaces and otherwise. While chest x-rays may indicate prevalence of malignancy, computerized tomography or CT scans may be used to confirm a diagnosis. Higher than normal levels of osteopontin and soluble mesothelin-related peptides (SMRPs) in the blood might also indicate mesothelioma. However, there is no agreement in the medical community whether early detection is possible and whether it will lead to more successful treatments. In addition to seeking treatment, patients would be wise to seek the counsel of an experienced mesothelioma lawyer because time for filing a claim may be limited.
For more information about mesothelioma and finding a mesothelioma lawyer, please visit www.MesotheliomaNews.com. This free site, created by the law firm of Baron and Budd, P.C., provides information about asbestos exposure and how a victim may be able to seek compensation.
Sutherland - About Author:
Vicky has been writing on legal subjects for nearly ten years. His information quest began when his Father was diagnosed with mesothelioma and hasn’t stopped since. With a mission to help inform other victims of mesothelioma and their families, Vicky has also been a legal student working to becoming a asbestos lawyer for the past few years. He believes that his duty as an asbestos lawyer will be to protect and defend the rights of all victims of this terrible disease. Through his writing, he hopes to affect as many lives as positively as possible, helping to improve their outlook while lending a compassionate, helping hand.
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