Pleural mesothelioma is a challenging disease to diagnose, typically hiding symptoms until the cancer has progressed into later stages. Unfortunately, a pleural mesothelioma misdiagnosis can happen and often has devastating consequences for the patient. What Is a Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis? A mesothelioma misdiagnosis occurs when doctors mistakenly attribute mesothelioma symptoms to another condition. Misdiagnosis is more
Chapter OneThe Truth About Asbestos
A Brief History
Asbestos is a known cause of cancer. Its use throughout the 20th century exposed innocent workers to a deadly poison that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. The truth about asbestos has long been known. Still, thousands of victims continue to be diagnosed each year with deadly asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma.
Who Is To Blame?
Asbestos manufacturers and distributors knew full well the deadly health risk of asbestos exposure. They continued to sell it anyway, putting their profits ahead of workers’ lives. Negligent companies worked together to hide and conceal the truth about asbestos. When the medical evidence became irrefutable, asbestos manufacturers were forced to pay billions of dollars in legal compensation to current and future asbestos victims.
Asbestos companies are solely to blame, and you can seek justice for their negligence. Learn more about the asbestos companies who may be at fault for your diagnosis.
Who Was Exposed?
Millions of innocent civilians and military members were exposed to asbestos throughout the 20th century. From construction workers and tradespeople to Army and Navy veterans, asbestos victims were innocent citizens just trying to earn a living. Now, their jobs have put them at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.
Learn more about the occupations, worksites and products that put people at risk of asbestos exposure.
What Has Asbestos Exposure Caused?
Asbestos exposure has caused devastation and tragedy to millions of families around the world. It is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly and rare cancer. There is no cure for mesothelioma—only life-extending treatments. Asbestos exposure has caused endless emotional, physical and mental distress to its victims.
Learn more about the different asbestos-related diseases.
What Can I Do?
Victims of asbestos exposure can take action now to demand justice for their suffering. Treatments for asbestos-related diseases are expensive and require ongoing appointments that affect the entire family. If you have an asbestos-related diagnosis, call the Mesothelioma Justice Network. You will be assigned a Case Manager who will review your history and diagnosis and work with you on the next steps to justice.
Learn more about asbestos laws, litigation and compensation.
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Chapter ThreeWhat is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a common industrial material and a deadly toxin. It is also the only known cause of mesothelioma—a rare and fatal cancer. Anyone exposed to asbestos at home, school or the workplace could be at risk of developing mesothelioma in one of three locations in the body.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma. This form develops in lung tissue linings after inhaling asbestos fibers. Symptoms include a persistent cough, chest pain and fluid buildup in the lungs. Treatments are available that may extend your life.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma. It affects tissue linings in the abdominal organs. New and effective treatment technologies, including a combination of surgery and direct chemotherapy, will help you a longer and healthier life.
Pericardial mesothelioma is the most rare and fatal form of the disease. It affects the heart’s lining. With the poorest prognosis of all three, pericardial mesothelioma is difficult to treat. Knowing the symptoms of pericardial mesothelioma can help you get diagnosed and treated sooner.
Mesothelioma Health Options
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treating mesothelioma. Mesothelioma specialists will work with you to develop a personalized treatment strategy so you can get the help you deserve. Standard mesothelioma treatment options include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
Living With Mesothelioma
Getting mesothelioma treatments can significantly improve your survival time and quality of life. It is possible to live with mesothelioma. Working with a specialized mesothelioma medical team is the best way to manage symptoms and keep the disease in check.
Chapter FourHow Military Veterans Are at Risk
Members of the military and veterans comprise roughly 8% of our nation’s population. However, they account for one-third of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. The asbestos exposure risk was far higher for men and women who served their country. Asbestos was used extensively in the 20th century to build and maintain military assets, putting active duty members at risk of exposure on a daily basis.
No military branch used asbestos more than the U.S. Navy and its warship building program. U.S. Navy shipbuilding and sailing veterans ran the highest risk of asbestos exposure and account for the majority of veterans with mesothelioma.
The Marine Corps works cooperatively across all U.S. military branches. Marine Corps veterans were at risk of asbestos exposure on land, sea and air when the material was used in vehicles, ships and aircraft throughout the 20th century.
Army vets faced countless threats protecting our rights during combat. They may also have been exposed to asbestos through the Army’s vehicle and building assets. Active duty members continue to be at risk overseas today.
The skilled men and women of the U.S. Air Force fought for our liberty from the skies. Many of them were not aware of the deadly threats present in their aircrafts, which were heavily constructed with inflammable asbestos products.
Like the Navy, Coast Guard veterans were also exposed to asbestos from products used to construct ships. Coast Guard veterans continue to be diagnosed with mesothelioma today.
Veterans who have developed mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases as a result of exposure during active duty may be eligible for monthly benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. All affected veterans can file claims to seek compensation for their conditions.
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