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The Role of Asbestos in the Development of Mesothelioma

When cells in the mesothelium begin to grow uncontrollably, a patient is diagnosed with mesothelioma. The mesothelium is a protective membrane found in many internal organs in the human body and serves as a lining for these organs. Seventy-five percent of new cases involve the pleural mesothelium or the lining of the chest cavity, but cases are seen around the heart as well as in the abdomen. However, it does not matter where the cancer begins, it can spread.


Sadly, most cases of mesothelioma aren't diagnosed until the disease has significantly progressed. As a result, only five to ten percent of patients survive for five years following the diagnosis. Complications of the disease include respiratory failure and pneumonia, and some patients die as a result of the cancer pushing through the diaphragm and causing an obstruction in the small bowel. Others lose their lives when the disease invades the pericardium surrounding the heart or the heart itself. Early diagnosis is critical when it comes to this type of cancer to halt its progress and minimize the risk of complications.

The Role of Asbestos in Mesothelioma

Asbestos has long been linked to the development of this disease. Thin, microscopic fibers are released into the air when asbestos is used in the manufacturing process. Humans then inhale or swallow these fibers and health complications arise. This may occur in the factory or other location where the manufacturing takes place or a person may carry these fibers with them when they leave work. This puts family members at risk also, as they may inhale or swallow these fibers when they come into the home.

Surviving mesothelioma remains the first priority when someone receives this diagnosis. Certain people do live with this disease for an extended period of time and nobody should give up hope they will fall into this category. In addition, individuals should Find a lawyer to represent them. Asbestos has long been known to be harmful to humans, yet many companies continued to use this substance after learning of the dangers. They can be held responsible for doing so. The attorney works with the client to determine if he or she is eligible for compensation and how much should be requested. 

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