Mesothelioma is one of the deadliest diseases known to man; the average life span of an inflicted person from the time of diagnosis until death is less than 6 months. It’s a disease that strikes approximately 3,000 United States citizens each and every year; hard working people who have labored for a lifetime to provide for their families, doing the work that keeps this country running and a great place to live. These individuals have worked in factories, at shipyards, in mines, for the US military, as engineers, as pipefitters, as steel workers, as auto mechanics, and in so many other professions. They came home to their loved ones exhausted but content that they had a job and were providing for their family. Content that they were putting food on the table and a house over their loved one’s heads. Content that they were working to make a better life for their families.
Mesothelioma is a form a cancer which is, most likely, from exposure to asbestos. Breathing in an environment, such as a workplace or a home where asbestos can be found, is how a person develops malignant mesothelioma.
As little exposure as a couple of months can result in mesothelioma many years later. It could take as long as 40 years later for a person to get this disease.
Symptoms of mesothelioma can be shortness of breath, a persistent cough. chest pain, fever, weight loss or night sweats. Some
patients show no symptoms at all.
To diagnose mesothelioma, x-rays of the chest or abdomen are taken. If a doctor suspects a patient has mesothelioma, a biopsy must be taken.
If a person has this disease and has questions about receiving financial compensation, they should contact a law firm which handles cases of malignant mesothelioma. An attorney can aid them in possibly getting compensation from a number of sources if they were exposed to asbestos.