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What Is Mesothelioma?

Dec 24, 2007
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is often caused by exposure to asbestos. It is called mesothelioma because malignant cancer cells are primarily found in the Mesothelium; a protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs. It usually attacks the outer lining of the lungs and/or chest cavity, and, in rare cases, can be found around the lining of the heart or abdomen.

Workers who spent an inordinate amount of time around asbestos or those who simply washed the clothing of someone who worked around asbestos are at risk for this disease. These individuals should constantly be on the look out for Mesothelioma symptoms and upon experiencing them, should immediately make an appointment to receive a Mesothelioma diagnosis.

Mesothelioma symptoms may not show up until some twenty to fifty years after exposure but they can include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain or an accumulation of fluid in the area surrounding the lungs.

Other Mesothelioma symptoms in the lungs are: fatigue, anemia, wheezing or cough, and blood in the sputum (fluid) that is coughed up. Without a proper Mesothelioma diagnosis, tumors can grow in the chest cavity, causing a collapse of the lung. The disease could then spread to other parts of the body.

If Mesothelioma exists in the abdominal cavity, resulting tumors can cause weight loss, abdominal swelling and pain due to a buildup of fluid. Other abdominal Mesothelioma symptoms are bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia and fever. If the cancer spreads, symptoms can include general pain, trouble swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face.

If you experience these symptoms, seek out a doctor who can give an accurate Mesothelioma diagnosis. If your diagnosis for Mesothelioma is confirmed, you should retain the services of a qualified mesothelioma attorney or lawyer.

Why?

Well, many people don't realize that they could be entitled to monetary damages that will pay for their exorbitant medical costs caused but the disease because they weren't told about the dangers of asbestos. A solid Mesothelioma lawyer can set about establishing reparations for them and their family as they are well versed in the various ins and outs of such a complicated medical lawsuit.

They will also be able to let you know about the statue of limitations in regards to filing a claim, which can vary from state to state.

Don't delay - your financial well-being can depend on finding a great Mesothelioma attorney today!
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, maritime injury, and Nursing Home Abuse. Call Nick Johnson at 1-888-311-5522 or visit http://www.johnsonlawgroup.com
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