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Mesothelioma is A Deadly Cancer

Oct 11, 2007
Many residents in Texas are at risk for a type of cancer they have never heard about, and no knowing about the cancer could mean a mis-diagnosis of the cancer or that victims of this horrible disease may ignore some key symptoms that could help with treatment.

Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer which attacks the pleura, the lining of the lungs, around the lining of the heart and the lining of the abdominal cavity. While Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, over 3,000 cases are reported each year and many people pass away within a year or two of diagnosis.

The vast majority of Mesothelioma cases can be traced back to asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure happens primarily through jobs that were held working with asbestos as well as military service. Up until 20 years ago, when it was discovered that asbestos exposure caused Mesothelioma and other health problems, many materials and products that were used in construction and manufacturing contained asbestos.

Asbestos was used a lot during World War II when naval shipyards were producing massive amounts of ships for the war effort - at the same time, many products for constructing all types of buildings were using asbestos, as well as manufacturing and automotives. Until quite recently, products and processes that use asbestos were unregulated, however, the risks of asbestos use were well known and still companies continued to use the product freely.

Some companies provided very little protection or education about the risks of working with asbestos to their workers, which now leaves them on the hook for compensation for workers who have now contracted Mesothelioma or other asbestos exposure related illnesses. The list of workers that used asbestos in their jobs every day include ship yard workers, auto mechanics, boiler makers, brick layers, building inspectors, drywall installers, carpenters, roofers, electricians, iron workers painters, plasterers, plumbers, roofers and long shore men. Millions of people were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis, and today, many of them are contracting Mesothelioma.

The workers are not the only people who contract this deadly cancer - the families, spouses and children of workers who were exposed to asbestos are also at risk for contracting Mesothelioma. Asbestos is a fine fiber that is easily attached to hair, skin, clothing and shoes and brought home. The fibers are nearly indestructible and when inhaled become lodged in the lining of the lungs, one day to become inflamed and causing Mesothelioma cancer.

If you, or one of your family members, has contracted Mesothelioma, it is time to contact a Mesothelioma lawyer to find out if you have a case for a Mesothelioma lawsuit. The biggest difficulty with asbestos exposure and the onset of Mesothelioma symptoms is the lengthy time between exposure and diagnosis. Mesothelioma usually doesn't even begin to present symptoms for 20 years after the asbestos exposure, making it difficult to diagnose and track the cause or companies that may have caused the exposure.

Mesothelioma symptoms include chest pain, fluid in the chest, coughing, breathing difficulty, which means that many of these symptoms can easily be mistaken for other diseases or conditions. It is unfortunate but for most people, by the time they are diagnosed with Mesothelioma, it is much too late - traditional treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy are of little effect on the disease.

The fact of the matter is that most of the victims of Mesothelioma can blame someone, a company, a supervisor or a boss that knew of the dangers of asbestos exposure but failed to warn the workers or provide any safety precautions for the material. Mesothelioma is devastating physically, emotionally and financially. A Texas Mesothelioma attorney can help you with your case or the case of a loved one who has contracted Mesothelioma.

Only a Mesothelioma lawyer is capable of tracking down the causes of your exposure and is able to help you with a Mesothelioma lawsuit for financial compensation for you and your family. A Texas Mesothelioma attorney can link your exposure to your illness and fight for your rights for compensation for the contracting of the disease. While the money won't replace a life, yours or a loved one, the financial compensation that you may be entitled to will help cover the medical costs, lost wages, funeral expenses and the pain and suffering of the victim throughout the disease.
About the Author
Nick Johnson is lead counsel with Johnson Law Group. Johnson represents plaintiffs in many states and focuses on injury cases involving Fen-Phen and PPH, Paxil, Mesothelioma and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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