Mesothelioma, a specific and aggressive type of cancer, has caused woes for thousands of Americans. The danger passed with the peak of asbestos use in American building, but hazards remain. Identifying mesothelioma as early as possible maximizes your options and may safeguard your family's future.
Is mesothelioma the same as lung cancer?
The two diseases may be related but they are not the same. Lung cancer refers to a malignant mass of cells within or attached to the lungs. Mesothelioma is most often a cancer that forms in the pleura, a fluid-filled protective sac around the lungs.
What are the warning signs of mesothelioma?
Many early symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to other lung problems. Shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing and fatigue are all common signs. A person may also experience a loss of weight and appetite, as well as hoarseness while speaking and difficulty swallowing. Consult a doctor before assuming these are signs of a serious disease.
What causes mesothelioma?
A variety of environmental problems can contribute to mesothelioma, but the most well-known is asbestos. The fibrous crystals of the once-common building material can cause damage to the cells in and near the lungs, leading to chronic problems over years of exposure.
Can I sue over asbestos exposure if I have mesothelioma?
Almost every state, including Louisiana, has recognized victims' right to sue for asbestos-caused health problems. An attorney can help the victims of mesothelioma identify the environmental conditions that caused it, as well as engage in an individual or class-action lawsuit against the responsible parties.