Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that forms in the body’s mesothelium – the lining that covers and protects the internal organs including the lungs, abdomen and heart. In most cases, mesothelioma is caused by asbestos and additional diagnostics can determine whether your illness was asbestos-induced. Most people that develop mesothelioma were exposed on the job to asbestos (such as asbestos in drywall or asbestos in ceiling tiles) and inhaled the toxic fibers which burrowed into the mesothelial tissue and became the breeding ground for cancer.
Mesothelioma Puts Everyone at Risk
Most people that develop mesothelioma from asbestos worked in high-risk industries including construction, automotive repair, manufacturing, mining and a host of other fields. Not only were workers themselves at risk, but their families as well. Some mesothelioma victims were exposed by asbestos brought home on the work clothes, skin or hair brought home unknowingly by their loved ones. Even if you didn’t work in a high-risk job, if a family member did, you were still at risk.
After you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma or if you’ve been told it’s a possible diagnosis, you need to educate yourself about your options and your illness. You have two major aspects of your illness to consider. First is how to treat your illness and second is whether to pursue legal recourse against whoever is responsible for your mesothelioma. This illness requires extensive treatment that can be expensive and pursuing a compensation claim can help you afford medical expenses.
Diagnosed with Mesothelioma: Resources
Explore the resources below to learn more about mesothelioma symptoms, the process when diagnosed with mesothelioma, treatment options and what you and your family can expect as your illness progresses. This information has been prepared for you so you can understand how mesothelioma is caused, how it develops and progresses – all in straightforward terms and language without any complicated medical jargon. Take the time to explore these materials so you will be able to ask your doctors the right questions and make informed treatment choices once diagnosed with mesothelioma.