Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order.
They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body.
There essentially are two types of disease: pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma.
Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. A history of asbestos exposure at work is reported in about 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed, and can cause serious health problems.
In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.
The risk of asbestos-related disease increases with heavier exposure to asbestos and longer exposure time. However, some individuals with only brief exposures have developed mesothelioma.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, and have developed Mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease you may have a serious legal issue that could include a lawsuit that requires the attention of a experienced attorney or law firm familiar with asbestos-related diseases.
Mesothelioma Jury Verdicts over the past several years have ranged from $200,000 to awards in the millions. Know your legal rights if you have been exposed to asbestos and have developed an asbestos-related disease, contact a attorney today. It's your right and above all, your health.