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Fact Sheet About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that begins in the mesothelial cells, which are found in the lining of the abdomen, chest and the outer layer of most organs. According to the American Cancer Society:

  • Mesothelioma is rare, with only 3,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year.
  • The risk of developing mesothelioma does not decrease once exposure to asbestos is eliminated.
  • Mesothelioma is more common in men than women, and it is rare for a person under the age of 45 to be diagnosed – 66% of all patients diagnosed are age 65 or older.
  • The average survival rate for stage 1 mesothelioma is 21 months, and only 12 months for stage 4.

Norristown’s roots lie in industry, which means laborers had a high chance of being exposed to asbestos every day at work. Construction and factory work and the installation of insulation put a person at high-risk for coming in to contact with asbestos and developing mesothelioma. And because symptoms normally don’t appear until the disease is very advanced, many of those workers, and the people who continue to use the results of that industry, won’t realize they’re ill until it’s too late. One of the countries largest asbestos producers was located in Norristown.

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The Norristown mesothelioma attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., have handled hundreds of cases of mesothelioma and other injuries caused by prolonged asbestos exposure. We are sensitive to the physical and emotional toll a diagnosis of mesothelioma can have on you and your family, and the uncertainty it raises for the future. We can help eliminate some of the worry about how your medical care, and your family’s future care, will be paid by helping you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma most often presents as cancerous tumors. There are three main types of mesothelioma: epithelioid, which is the most common and has the best prognosis; sarcomatoid, and; mixed, which is a mix of epithelioid and sarcomatoid. Mesothelioma begins in one of four main areas of the body – the chest, abdomen, heart or testicles. While malignant mesothelioma is the most common injury caused by asbestos exposure, it is not the only injury exposure can cause, either alone or together with other diagnoses. Common types of injuries caused by asbestos exposure include:


As discussed, malignant mesothelioma is the primary diagnosis in individuals with prolonged asbestos exposure, with cancerous tumors starting in one of the four main areas of the body described above. Pleural mesotheliomas, which are tumors that grow in the chest, are the most common form of malignant mesothelioma, comprising 75% of all cases


These non-cancerous tumors are removed by surgery and in most cases require no further treatment


Lung disorders caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers, pleural disorders are non-cancerous, but can cause breathing difficulty and adversely affect the lung’s membranes.


Exposure to asbestos may result in asbestosis, which is the accumulation of scar tissue in the lung caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. While not cancerous, asbestosis can cause serious breathing problems. Lung cancer: Inhaled asbestos fibers can get stuck in the mucus in the throat, windpipe and/or bronchi (the large breathing tubes in the lungs). The damage caused to the lungs cells can cause lung cancer.


Inhaled asbestos fibers can get stuck in the mucus in the throat, windpipe and/or bronchi (the large breathing tubes in the lungs). The damage caused to the lungs cells can cause lung cancer.


Some studies have shown that asbestos exposure may be linked to the development of gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, and may increase a person’s risk of developing throat, kidney, esophageal or gallbladder cancer.

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While a personal injury lawsuit cannot prevent individuals from acting carelessly, a lawsuit can provide monetary damages to compensate you for the injuries such conduct causes. Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. at 888-818-2562 to for a free consultation. Your Philadelphia Mesothelioma Attorneys.

Investigating Mesothelioma Requires Resources

A diagnosis of mesothelioma or a mesothelioma-related condition may not be made for 20 – 50 years following your exposure to asbestos. Thus building a winning case requires determination, experience and the resources necessary to conduct a thorough investigation into your case. Due to the passage of time between your initial exposure and your diagnosis, evidence may be difficult to obtain and, in the case of eyewitnesses, deceased. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. has the necessary resources and experience to handle your case.

The first step in building your case is to prove your diagnosis. This is done through medical records and testimony from your physician, oncologist, radiologist, and any other medical professional who has treated you. Opposing counsel will review your medical history to determine if you could have been incorrectly diagnosed, and may claim that have a cancer or other condition known not to be caused by asbestos exposure.


The Norristown mesothelioma attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., have more than 40 years’ experience handling mesothelioma cases. We have the knowledge, resources and determination to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.


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