Mesothelioma Definition

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you probably have a lot of questions. Is mesothelioma cancer? How does it occur? Can it be cured? The asbestos lawyers at Morgan & Morgan fight on behalf of mesothelioma victims and their families. Review this Q&A and contact us if you or a loved one received a mesothelioma diagnosis — you may be entitled to significant compensation.

What is Mesothelioma Cancer?

Mesothelioma is a rare but deadly type of cancer that forms around the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, or testes.

What Causes Mesothelioma Cancer?

There is only one known cause of mesothelioma: exposure to asbestos. Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was routinely used in commercial and household products.

Who is at Risk for Mesothelioma?

Construction workers, miners, manufacturers, military service veterans, and workers in other industries that expose employees to asbestos are most at risk for malignant mesothelioma.

What Are the Symptoms of Malignant Mesothelioma?

Symptoms of mesothelioma vary depending on where the tumor is located and how far the disease has progressed. In its early stages, patients usually experience dry coughing, wheezing, chest pain, and shortness of breath. In later stages, they typically endure greater pain, weight loss, trouble breathing, and difficulty swallowing. Unfortunately, symptoms don’t tend to appear until the disease has spread, making it notoriously difficult to diagnose.

How Long Do I Have to Live?

The size of the tumor and whether it has spread factor into your prognosis. Asbestos cancer is classified by four stages. Patients diagnosed in stage 1 have the best prognosis, while patients in stage 4 have the worst. The type of cancer will also affect your prognosis. Generally, patients with pericardial mesothelioma (in the lining of the heart) have the worst prognosis, while patients with testicular mesothelioma have the best.

Should I Hire an Asbestos Lawyer?

All 50 states have statutes of limitation for filing mesothelioma claims. Because time is a factor, it’s crucial that you find a mesothelioma lawyer without delay. With more than 500 lawyers nationwide and billions of dollars recovered on behalf of our clients, Morgan & Morgan has the resources necessary to provide you the best service possible. We understand the importance of receiving fair compensation and never settle for less than your case is worth. Our 24/7 availability and proven track record means you’ll have the peace of mind to focus on what matters. Get started now with a free case evaluation.

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