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WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks cells, called mesothelial cells, which make up membrane lining in the chest and abdominal cavity. The tissue called mesothelium, which is formed by the mesothelial cells, help protects the organs by producing a lubricating fluid that allows the organs to move without irritating nerves.
TYPES OF MESOTHELIOMA
* Abdominal mesothelioma * Chrysotile Peritoneal mesothelioma * Malignant mesothelioma * Pericardial mesothelioma * Peritoneal mesothelioma * Pleural mesothelioma * Epithelial malignant mesothelioma * Cystic mesothelioma
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RECOMMENDATIONS
The American Cancer Society has created a list suggested for those with mesothelioma to ask their doctor. The questions include:
- What type of mesothelioma do I have?
- What are the stages of mesothelioma?
- Has the mesothelioma spread beyond its original site?
- What options of treatment for mesothelioma do I have?
- What is my prognosis?
- What risks or side effects are there to the treatments for mesothelioma?
- What are the chances that my cancer will recur with these mesothelioma treatment plans?
- What should I do to be ready for mesothelioma treatment?
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral that can only be identified under a microscope. Asbestos is found in the ground and is mined all over the world. In the past, asbestos was added to different products as insulation and for fire resistance. Asbestos exposure can cause ailments like mesothelioma and other problems. Extended asbestos exposure usually develops into serious problems.
Asbestos is the most dangerous when it is airborne. The lightness of the asbestos fibers allows them to stay airborne for long periods of time and to travel a far distance. There are professional abatement services that will remove asbestos. Attempting to remove the asbestos without professionals is not safe and should not be considered.
ABOUT ASBESTOS EXPOSURE
Asbestos exposure affects an estimated 1.3 million employees in construction and general industry today. The highly toxic, fibrous mineral causes serious problems like mesothelioma and asbestosis. The deadly conditions have put the spotlight on asbestos companies because they were thought to have known the dangers of asbestos exposure many years before warning the public of the risks. Since asbestos fibers cannot be seen, years of asbestos exposure passed without the workers ever knowing they were surrounded by it, but the air they were breathing in every day was full of the asbestos fibers. Once inside the body, the asbestos hooks themselves into the lining of the lungs or other parts of the respiratory tract and remains there forever. Despite these dangers, asbestos is still found in more than 3,000 products today.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and would like to know your legal rights, please contact a mesothelioma lawyer.