Mesothelioma and asbestosis are both serious life-threatening conditions caused by exposure to asbestos but what is the difference between Mesothelioma and Asbestosis?
When tiny asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs, they can become lodged in tissue. In mesothelioma cases, these fibers cause the development of tumors of the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and other regions of the body. In asbestosis victims, asbestos fibers cause thickening of the lungs which worsens over time, resulting in shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and increased risk of lung cancer.
Difference Between Mesothelioma and Asbestosis: Diagnosis
Mesothelioma and asbestosis share many of the same symptoms, particularly chest pain and shortness of breath. Mesothelioma victims may have been exposed to only minute quantities of asbestos, in some cases the children of asbestos workers have developed mesothelioma from inhaling fibers carried home on a parent’s clothing. Asbestosis typically requires long-term, extensive exposure to airborne asbestos.
Accurate diagnosis of asbestos related disease requires a physical exam, chest x-rays or CT scans, and ultimately a biopsy. Under a microscope, pathologists are able to determine whether affected tissue is cancerous or merely thickened as is the case with asbestosis.
Difference Between Mesothelioma and Asbestosis: Prognosis
Unfortunately, mesothelioma generally carries a very poor prognosis. Only 8% of victims will survive more than five years following initial diagnosis, with most surviving one year or less. Individual prognoses depend upon the type of mesothelioma, the stage at which it is discovered, and the overall health condition of the patient. The generally poor prognosis is in part due to the fact that mesothelioma is rarely diagnosed prior to
The generally poor prognosis is in part due to the fact that mesothelioma is rarely diagnosed prior to late-stage disease. If you have a history of asbestos exposure and suffer from any of the symptoms of mesothelioma, discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
By contrast, asbestosis victims may live for many years following their diagnosis, albeit with a reduced quality life. Asbestosis victims are more likely than the general population to go on to develop lung cancer, and victims who smoke are at far more risk than others. Asbestosis victims also suffer from an increased susceptibility to heart disease and common infections.
Asbestosis treatment generally centers on making the patient feel more comfortable and improving quality of life. There is no treatment to reverse the effects on a damaged lung, however in some cases asbestosis may be cured through a lung transplant.
Mesothelioma Victims: Compensation
If you or a loved one suffers from mesothelioma you may be eligible for compensation. For decades, employers and asbestos-product manufacturers knew of the risks associated with asbestos exposure, yet they took few steps to protect their employees or the general public. Companies should be held responsible for their failure to warn and protect the public from this toxic exposure.
Call Bergman Draper Oslund today, to discuss your possible right to legal compensation. As the only law firm in the Pacific Northwest exclusively devoted to mesothelioma victims, we will fight hard for you. Call today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.