What is mesothelioma, and what causes it?

On Behalf of | Aug 15, 2019 | mesothelioma

Sickness is one of the few things that can go wrong for which we don’t often blame other people. After all, who knows what causes a lot of health problems? In a few cases, however, we do know what causes problems. One of the ailments that is ascribed to traceable sources is mesothelioma. People afflicted with this condition have been seeking compensation for decades, and the few people still suffering often have the same option.

What is mesothelioma?

The disease is a specific type of cancer that affects the lining around thoracic organs, most often the lungs. It has been almost exclusively associated with exposure to asbestos, a crystalline substance used as a fire retardant until it was taken off most markets in the United States.

What are the signs of mesothelioma?

One of the difficulties with mesothelioma are the symptoms’ similarities with other ailments. Shortness of breath can be related to respiratory disorders, while chest pain is easily confused with angina affecting the cardiovascular system.

How do people know mesothelioma is connected to asbestos?

The disease is very rare, with fewer than 20,000 cases reported in the United States every year. This has helped researchers take a closer look at patients and make connections between mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos.

What is the best course of action after a mesothelioma diagnosis?

Legal representation can help determine if there is a case for financial damages in civil court in Louisiana after a diagnosis. An attorney may be able to help initiate a case and fight for the compensation that makes care possible.