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Mesothelioma Diagnosis Can be Difficult

Oct 11, 2007
Asbestos poisoning is generally thought to be a thing of the past. Most people don't know that there is still asbestos in many buildings, and a lot of it floating around that we don't know about. Asbestos poisoning is now known to be a type of aggressive cancer called mesothelioma.

This type of cancer is fairly rare, presenting in only up to 40 people per million in a year. When compared to other types of lung cancer in areas with a high population of smokers this percentage is very low - normal lung cancer presents in up to 1000 people per million per year. Mesothelioma is typically described as a metastatic cancer of the membranes around the heart, lungs and abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma diagnosis can be difficult, as the symptoms it presents can easily be confused with any number of respiratory diseases or other types of cancer.

Mesothelioma symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, blood in the sputum, fatigue, anemia and especially a large buildup of fluid in the chest cavity. Unfortunately, many other diseases can also present these symptoms, and so it is difficult for mesothelioma to be caught early. If you think you might have been exposed to asbestos, you should tell your doctor immediately. You do not have to directly work with asbestos to contract mesothelioma, and you could have inhaled fibers that were caught in someone's hair or clothing.

It is in this way that many women and children in the post-war period were exposed to asbestos, as workers from the docks and industrial compounds brought it home with them. When the World Trade Center was destroyed, it released enormous clouds of asbestos dust and gas, and anyone in the area at the time is at risk of contracting mesothelioma. Anyone who works in and old building or in a large industrial compound is also at risk of exposure to asbestos. Incidences of mesothelioma are increasing every year, as more and more people and doctors become aware of this deadly disease.

Unfortunately it is usually the case that once mesothelioma symptoms begin to present, there is little that can be done. The average life expectancy of someone diagnosed with mesothelioma is around 6 months to a year. Treatment for this disease involved chemotherapy and other drug therapies designed to make the patient more comfortable. While there are alternative treatments in the pipeline that might prove more effective, there is little that can be done for mesothelioma patients.

The tragedy of this disease is that it is almost always the result of carelessness on the part of building owners and employers. People are very seldom aware that they are being exposed to asbestos dust. However, if you want to claim compensation for exposure a mesothelioma lawsuit is seldom necessary.

Many people underestimate the compensation they can receive if they have contracted mesothelioma in the work place. Since this cancer is almost exclusively associated with asbestos contact, it is usually very easy to link the contraction of the disease to a particular place. There is almost always enough evidence to support your case.
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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