Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the mesothelium, or the inner lining, of the body’s organs. As such, it can develop in a number of different areas of the body, including the heart, the lungs, and the abdomen. The nature of the disease is slow-developing, meaning that it can take years or even decades before patients begin to experience symptoms indicating that something is wrong.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral that was frequently used in the construction industry for most of the 20th century until its negative health effects were fully documented. As a result, individuals who have had significant exposure to asbestos-containing materials, especially older buildings and construction materials manufactured prior to the 1980s, may have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma.
Because the disease can develop in a number of different regions of the body, there are a range of different symptoms that may affect mesothelioma sufferers. However, the following are among the most common:
For individuals at a high risk for asbestos exposure, or those who know they have been exposed to asbestos, these symptoms should be taken seriously.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it may be possible to take legal action against those responsible for your exposure to asbestos. To learn more, contact the attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 and find out more about your rights and options under the law.