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Mesothelioma Fact Sheet: Undiagnosed Danger

The American Cancer Society, a U.S. voluntary health organization committed to fighting cancer by raising awareness, provides information about various forms of cancer, including mesothelioma. Consider the following:

  • Mesothelioma is a form of cancer affecting the linings of certain internal body organs of a patient, such as the lungs, heart and chest cavity, and has been linked to asbestos exposure earlier in the life of the patient.
  • Mesothelioma can take a long time to show signs and symptoms in patients, with an average of about 20-30 years after exposure to asbestos for symptoms to develop.
  • There are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed in the United States each year, which is a fairly low number in comparison to the general population.
  • There is no widely recommended screening for mesothelioma in people that are considered to be low risk, and for those with known exposure to asbestos, scans and periodic evaluation for signs and symptoms is recommended.

Philadelphia has a lot of buildings and old homes that were built a long time ago, and many of these buildings still contain asbestos. Philadelphia was also home to a number of asbestos manufacturers. Exposure to asbestos, and the unfortunate consequences, can happen to anyone anywhere.

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Mesothelioma Incidents

Philadelphia has a lot of buildings and old homes that were built a long time ago, and many of these buildings still contain asbestos. Exposure to asbestos, and the unfortunate consequences, can happen to anyone anywhere.

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Asbestos Exposure

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer have all classified asbestos as a known human carcinogen that is able to cause a wide variety of injuries, such as:


Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the thin layer of mesothelium cells that protect the lungs, heart and/or abdominal cavity. There is no cure, and prognosis is usually poor.


Lung cancer develops in the lung tissue, can spread to other parts of the body, and can cause a dry cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and chest pain.


Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that is characterized by an inflammation and scarring of the lungs, which causes long-term breathing issues including coughing fits, shortness of breath and permanent lung damage.


Pleural plaques are signified by a fibrous thickening of the membranes surrounding the lungs (also called the pleura), or diaphragm. Plaques are benign (non-cancerous) and generally appear a long time after exposure, usually 20-30 years.


Pleural thickening is a lung disease where extensive scarring causes the pleura to thicken, which can result in chest pain and reduced breathing function.


Benign pleural effusions occur when abnormal collections of fluid form in between the lung tissue and the wall of the chest cavity. This collection of fluid can cause coughing, shortness of breath and chest pain.

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Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC To Handle Your Mesothelioma Case Today. You need a team of skilled Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers with knowledge, resources and knowhow to get you the justice you deserve. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC is the law firm with the qualifications and proven track record you are looking for.

Investigating Mesothelioma Claims Requires Resources

Investigating a mesothelioma case requires an immense amount of work, time and financing. In order to prove that you have a viable legal claim, an investigating attorney will need to make a determination that you have mesothelioma, and if you were exposed to asbestos, when the exposure happened, if you experienced repeated exposures, if the exposure was work-related, and who manufactured the asbestos. Because it can take decades for signs and symptoms of mesothelioma to appear, once a diagnosis confirms that you have mesothelioma, a thorough investigation into your past can begin.

A mesothelioma investigation will require the efforts of many people. Not only will a number of experts need to be contacted, especially medical professionals who can attest to your medical condition, mesothelioma diagnosis, and your future prognosis, but a number of people from your past will need to be located to verify your story of exposure to asbestos. For example, if your asbestos exposure was from work-related activities, it will bolster your story if the investigating attorney can identify and locate former co-workers who can vouch as to the exposure.

Your attorney will also need to collect any and all of your medical records related to your mesothelioma. There will be many x-rays and scans, along with various testing and sampling, to verify your mesothelioma diagnosis, and your doctor will have developed a treatment plan and a course of prescription medications for managing your mesothelioma. Your symptoms will depend on where your mesothelioma has developed, and your treatment regimen will be based on where your mesothelioma is located.

Documented medical evidence of your mesothelioma, treatment and prognosis is powerful evidence when building your mesothelioma case. Investigating a mesothelioma case is a big job, and Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC is ready for the opportunity to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC has the resources, knowledge and experience you want on your side as you fight for your rights.

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