About Mesothelioma

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos exampleAsbestos refers to six naturally occurring fibrous minerals that have the ability to resist:

  • heat
  • fire
  • electricity

Although asbestos fibers are microscopic in nature, they are extremely durable and resistant to fire. And most chemical reactions and breakdowns.

These properties of asbestos supported its use for many years in a number of different commercial and industrial settings, as well as in a wide range of consumer products.

Although its use has diminished in recent decades, there are still many products that contain asbestos, especially in older homes, schools, and public buildings.

where might asbestos be used in the home?

Asbestos is perhaps best known for its role in causing mesothelioma, a rare and deadly cancer that can develop in linings of the lungs, abdomen, or heart.

Diseases Caused by Asbestos

Asbestos fibers most often accumulate in lung tissue and in the membrane lining the lungs called the pleura. Benign asbestos-related diseases include asbestosis, pleuritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which make it difficult for patients to breathe.

Asbestos also causes malignant diseases such as lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma, and it is the No. 1 cause of occupational cancer in the world.

inhalation of asbestos can cause mesothelioma

Mesothelioma symptons


Source: American Cancer Society

Many of the early symptoms of mesothelioma are more likely to be caused by other conditions, so at first people may ignore them or mistake them for common, minor ailments.
Most people with mesothelioma have symptoms for at least a few months before they are diagnosed.
Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the chest) can include:

  • Pain in the side of the chest or lower back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss (without trying)
  • Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of the face and arms

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma can include:

  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
  • Weight loss (without trying)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation

These symptoms can be caused by mesothelioma, but more often they are caused by other conditions. Still, if you have any of these problems (especially if you have been exposed to asbestos), it’s important to see your doctor right away so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.

What happens to your lungs


Mesothelioma lawsuits and lawyers

Starting a mesothelioma lawsuit process can be difficult, especially when undergoing treatment or grieving for the loss of a loved one.

First you need to find a lawyer who understands the process. He will work with your situation and can give you a refreshing sense of freedom. So you are able to focus on recovering and/or spending time with family.

It is important to begin the asbestos lawsuit process right away, as every state has its own deadlines and statutes of limitations that can prevent you from getting compensation. So don’t wait too long.