Monday, May 25, 2009

Mesothelioma - Linked to Asbestos Exposure

Cancer awareness and cancer research has always been a cause very close to my heart. My grandmother passed away due to cancer about 10 years ago. Since then, I have been keeping myself abreast with the latest news and developments of this terrible and potentially deadly disease. I recently found out about the risk of cancer being associated with Asbestos exposure. Exposure to Asbestos is being linked to a very dangerous form of cancer called Mesothelioma.

What exactly is Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the mesothelium, a protective membrane that surrounds many internal organs. There are three main types of mesothelioma: pleural mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the lungs; peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdominal cavity; and pericardial mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the heart. The most common type of mesothelioma is the one that effects the lungs.

How does one get mesothelioma? Well, in approximately 80% of cases, mesothelioma develops as a result of prolonged exposure to asbestos. It is the result of inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers. The fibers become trapped in the mesothelium, thus causing damage to it and it creates a condition that can contribute to the growth of cancerous cells. Mesothelioma is most common among workers in the shipbuilding industry, construction, auto mechanics, contractors, and demolition. Not only does it effect the workers, it also effects the family too.

People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are often entitled to compensation and working with an aggressive and experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer can make a big difference. Why are people diagnosed with mesothelioma entitled to compensations? Like many other dangerous products, the manufacturers of asbestos knew about its dangers before they revealed it to the public. As a result, thousands of people were needlessly exposed to this dangerous substance. Therefore, I would think that it's the manufacturers responsibility to compensate the victims of mesothelioma. However, many manufacturers of asbestos have gone bankrupt over the years. That is why only an experienced lawyer can help victims receive compensations. If you are a victim or know of someone that has mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, do not suffer in silence. Please contact an experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer for an immediate and confidential review of your case. Remember, you have rights. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise.