Fact Sheet: Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is among the rarest and most deadly forms of cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society indicates that there are only around 3,000 new cases diagnosed annually, compared to 3.5 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in 2006. Some other interesting facts regarding mesothelioma include the following:
- Three-quarters of mesothelioma cases are the result of exposure to asbestos, the vast majority occurring at work.
- Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that is found in soil and rocks across the globe.
- As many 20 to 50 years can elapse between a person’s first exposure to asbestos and the time that a person develops symptoms of mesothelioma.
- While the risk of developing other forms of cancer drops as a person’s exposure to carcinogens is eliminated, the same is not true for mesothelioma.
- Men have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma than women, and mesothelioma diagnoses before the age of 45 are very are. Two-thirds of mesothelioma cases involve patients 65 or older.
- Certain studies have shown a link between radiation treatment and mesothelioma.
Like many other areas around New Jersey, Red Bank has its fair share of industries in which workers may have been exposed to asbestos. In addition, asbestos was used in the construction of many homes and other buildings before the risks associated with asbestos exposure became well understood. Additionally, even people who were not directly exposed to asbestos in the environment may nonetheless have been exposed to asbestos if a family member brought home contaminated clothing or other items from work. As a result, may Red Bank residents may be at risk of developing mesothelioma or other conditions that can occur as a result of asbestos exposure.
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Common Types of Injuries caused by Mesothelioma
The mesothelium is the lining that protects and provides a person’s internal organs with lubrication, allowing them to move. It is made up by mesothelial cells that line the space around the heart, the outer surface of the organs, the chest, and the abdomen. This lining can become cancerous after exposure to asbestos, resulting in tumors or other conditions that are harmful to the body. Some of the more common issues that are associated with asbestos exposure are detailed below.
Malignant mesothelioma is the condition most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos, as it is the primary cause of the disease. There are four distinct types of mesothelioma, which are classified based on where in the body they occur. These four types include testicular, pericardial (heart) peritoneal (stomach) and pleural (lungs).
Asbestosis is a condition caused by asbestos exposure that involves issues with breathing due to a buildup of scar tissue in the lungs.
Sometimes, asbestos can result in the formation of benign (non-cancerous) tumors in the mesothelium. These tumors are usually removed by surgery and require little further treatment.
Asbestos is recognized as a carcinogen, meaning that it has been linked to the formation of cancer. While mesothelioma is the type of cancer most associated with asbestos exposure, it can cause other types of cancer. For example, exposure to asbestos has been linked to both laryngeal and ovarian cancer, with patients experiencing symptoms similar to those experienced by individuals with mesothelioma.
Pleural effusions occur when there is excess fluid in the membrane surrounding the lungs, known as the pleural. While pleural effusions can occur without any obvious cause, they have also been linked to mesothelioma. Symptoms of pleural effusions include difficulty breathing, pain, and dizziness, and are similar to those associated with pleurisy or pleuritic, which is an inflammation of the pleura.
Atelectasis is a condition that can mimic malignant tumors but is actually benign. In some cases, atelectasis can be so severe as to cause the collapse of a lung.
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Introducing evidence that establishes a mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease, course of treatment, and your prognosis is extremely important. Often this type of evidence is the easiest to obtain, as it is contemporaneous to the litigation at issue. Evidence establishing exposure to asbestos and other documents establishing causation can be extremely difficult to obtain. Fortunately, the experienced mesothelioma attorneys of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are skilled litigators who understand how to find and present evidence in such a way as to maximize our clients’ chances of recovery.
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