Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma? This can be very upsetting and scary. You may be wondering what you are up against, how you got this disease, and what you can do about it. Please keep reading to learn more about this terrible disease. If you want to fight for justice because of negligent exposure to asbestos, please give our Buffalo mesothelioma lawyers a call. We would be honored to represent you. Set up a free consultation right away.
Types of Malignant Mesothelioma
There are three primary types of mesotheliomas.
The first type is called pleural mesothelioma. This accounts for most of the cases of this disease. It affects the lining of the lungs. Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma may include trouble breathing, painful cough, and fatigue.
The second type is called peritoneal mesothelioma. This is mesothelioma of the lining of the stomach. It is not as common as pleural mesothelioma by a long shot. The symptoms of this mesothelioma can include unplanned weight loss, nausea, and vomiting blood.
The third and least common type of mesothelioma is pericardial mesothelioma. This affects the lining of the heart. You may experience symptoms such as chest pain, heart palpitations, and irregular heartbeat.
How Mesothelioma Develops in the Body
Mesothelioma is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. Workers who handled raw asbestos are most at risk of developing mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a mineral that breaks down into fibers that are microscopic. When asbestos enters the airway or is ingested into the stomach, it can cause microscopic damage to your cells. When cells become damaged, they can turn into malignant cells.
This is essentially how mesothelioma is developed. It is important to note that exposure to asbestos does not immediately cause mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is typically diagnosed decades after the exposure.
Survival Rates for Malignant Mesothelioma Patients
Medicine is improving all the time. There are a lot of resources being directed to research to better treat and eventually cure mesothelioma. That being said, the survival rate for mesothelioma is beginning to look more optimistic.
There have been some patients who have gone to live for over a decade after their diagnosis.
There are still a lot of patients who are typically told that they, unfortunately, have a life expectancy of around 18 months after their diagnosis. This is a more optimistic outlook than it used to be.
There are treatment options for mesothelioma. It is important that you see a doctor when you are up against a mesothelioma diagnosis.
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If you or someone you love has recently been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, please get in touch with our office today. Our Buffalo mesothelioma lawyers would be honored to represent you in your fight against a negligent workplace in which you were negligently exposed to asbestos. We can come to you for your free consultation to make this process easier for you. Please call us today to get started.