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Mesothelioma - An Asbestos-Related Disease
Have you been exposed to asbestos? Do you have mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease
? Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases
can take anywhere from 10 to 40 years for their symptoms to appear. In the United States, it is estimated that 3,000 to 3,500 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a relatively rare but fatal cancer of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects the lungs and other internal organs of the body. The mesothelium consists of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the lungs or other organs; the other layer forms a sac around the lungs or other organs.
The mesothelium has different names, depending on its location in the body.
- The pleura is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity.
- The peritoneum is the mesothelial tissue that covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity.
The two types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, which is the most common type, and peritoneal mesothelioma.
When mesothelioma develops, the abnormal cancer cells can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. These cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body.
What are the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases?
- Shortness of breath
- A cough or a change in cough pattern
- Blood in the sputum (fluid) coughed up from the lungs
- Pain in the chest or abdomen due to buildup of fluid in the abdomen
- Bowel obstruction
- Difficulty swallowing or prolonged hoarseness
- Significant weight loss
- Anemia or blood clotting abnormalities
If you have been exposed to asbestos and have any of the symptoms described above, you should schedule a physical examination with your personal doctor immediately.
Contact an Experienced Mesothelioma Attorney
Mesothelioma and asbestos litigation are among the most complex types of civil litigation. The lawyers and staff at Kershaw, Cutter and Ratinoff are actively engaged in the discovery and litigation of cases involving mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases both in California, and across the nation.
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