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Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that forms in the lining, or mesothelial, of the body’s internal organs.  With its only known cause being asbestos exposure, those that worked in the steel building, shipbuilding, and railroading industries prior to the regulations limiting the use of asbestos in the early 1980s, are at a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.  Additionally, construction workers and emergency responders are at risk for asbestos exposure because decades of widespread asbestos use means that today, asbestos can be found in most infrastructures built before 1980.

When asbestos is disturbed, its toxic fibers are released into the air.  Once these fibers are inhaled or ingested, they become lodged in the linings of the organs and can remain in the body for several years.  The cellular damage can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.  Often, symptoms of asbestos-related diseases do not appear for 20-50 years after the first exposure.  Despite heavy regulations on consumption and use of asbestos, approximately 3,000 people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States.

Although there is no known cure for mesothelioma, there are treatments available to lessen the symptoms.  Additionally, you can receive compensation for damages if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.  By contacting a mesothelioma attorney immediately, you can discuss your eligibility for filing a mesothelioma lawsuit.

Types of Mesothelioma

The type of mesothelioma diagnosed is determined by where the disease originates.  There are four primary types of mesothelioma:  pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, pericardial mesothelioma and testicular/uterine serosa

Pleural mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma, which is the most common type of mesothelioma, affects the pleural membrane, or lining, around the lungs.  Despite its long latency period, once the disease takes hold in the pleural membrane, it attacks quickly. Symptoms of this type of mesothelioma are often ignored or misdiagnosed due to their similarity to less threatening illnesses.  Prognosis is poor, since pleural mesothelioma is not diagnosed until the disease has spread.  Pleural mesothelioma accounts for approximately 80% of new cases.


Peritoneal mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the abdominal lining (peritoneum).  It accounts for 15-20% of all newly diagnosed cases each year.  Peritoneal mesothelioma often spreads to the liver, spleen, and bowel.  Most notably, symptoms develop in the abdomen and/or gastrointestinal system, ranging from abdominal and stomach pain to swelling to nausea.  Even though the prognosis is poor with peritoneal mesothelioma, it comes with a longer life expectancy, which makes the prognosis slightly better than the other types of mesothelioma.

Pericardial Mesothelioma

Pericardial mesothelioma is incredibly rare and affects the pericardium, or lining of the heart.  Common symptoms, which mimic those of heart disease, include chest pain, pericardial effusion, arrhythmia, and fatigue.  Compared to pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, the prognosis of pericardial mesothelioma is worse due to its proximity to the heart. Pericardial mesothelioma accounts for less than 1% of all mesothelioma cases and, unfortunately, is often diagnosed after an autopsy.

Testicular Mesothelioma/Mesothelioma of uterine serosa

There have been known cases of mesothelioma attacking the lining of the reproductive organs, in both men and women.  Testicular mesothelioma develops in the lining that surrounds the testicles.  Accounting for less than 1% of all cases, very little is known about this type of mesothelioma.  The comparable area in women where mesothelioma has been found is the tunica serosa uteri.  Again, very rare, little is known and documented about mesothelioma of uterine serosa.

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with any form of mesothelioma, it is critical that you contact a mesothelioma attorney immediately.  There are experienced attorneys that specialize in asbestos-related cases all across the country.  Along with years of experience, they have the medical documents, research, and contacts to expedite these cases and will fight for the maximum compensation in your mesothelioma lawsuit.