Among the dangers of asbestos, the least common and most deadly is mesothelioma cancer. Also known as asbestos cancer, malignant mesothelioma, or simply, mesothelioma, mesothelioma cancer is caused by asbestos fibers that have entered the body by inhalation or ingestion.
Types of Mesothelioma Cancer
Mesothelioma cancer takes its name from the mesothelium, a membrane that lines and protects internal organs and secretes a fluid that allows organs to move freely within the body’s cavities. There are three main types of mesothelioma cancer, based on the location where the cancer forms:
- Mesothelioma cancer that forms in the membrane lining the chest, or pleura, is known as pleural mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma cancer that forms in the lining of the abdomen, or peritoneum, is known as peritoneal mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma cancer that forms in the lining around the heart, or pericardium, is known as pericardial mesothelioma.
Among these types of mesothelioma cancer, pleural mesothelioma is the most common, accounting for more than 75% of cases. Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form, accounting for approximately 20% of cases. The rarest form of mesothelioma cancer, pericardial mesothelioma, accounts for less than 10% of cases.
How Mesothelioma Cancer Develops
When asbestos fibers are inhaled or swallowed, they may settle deep in the tissues of the mesothelium. As the body’s natural defense systems attempt to eliminate the asbestos, the area surrounding the fibers becomes inflamed. Over time, this inflammation causes cells to mutate and multiply into mesothelioma cancer.
Living with Mesothelioma Cancer
Symptoms of mesothelioma cancer may take decades to develop, and by the time the illness is diagnosed, it may be in the later stages. The prognosis for mesothelioma cancer is most hopeful when the tumor can be surgically removed. However, most mesothelioma cancer treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms, prolonging lives, and improving the quality of life for patients living with the disease.
If you have mesothelioma cancer, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. To explore your legal options and fight for the justice you deserve, contact Sokolove Law at 1-888-360-4215. Don’t delay, the time you have under the law to file a mesothelioma lawsuit may be effected by the statute of limitation.