Friday, July 3, 2009

Can a Mesothelioma Attorney Help You?

Mesothelioma is a hard disease to diagnose early because the symptoms don't start to manifest until some 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. By the time symptoms start to appear, the disease is usually in its later stages and little can be done to treat or slow the progression of the disease. Following is information on the different types of Mesothelioma, its symptoms and advice if you would like to take further action with a mesothelioma attorney.

Three Types of Mesethelioma

There are three different types of mesothelioma pleural, peritoneal and pericardial. Pleural is the most common type of mesothelioma. It is a rare cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells that make up the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the membrane that lines many of the body's organs. This type of cancer develops in the lining of the lungs the pleura or pleura membrane. Symptoms include: Coughing up blood, nagging dry or raspy cough, shortness of breath, pain in the chest or rib area including painful breathing, fatigue, weight loss. Peritoneal mesothelioma develops in the abdomen in the mesothelial cells that form a membrane layer called the peritoneum. As with other types of mesothelioma, this cancer can many, many years to develop. Symptoms include: abdominal pain or swelling, night sweats or fever, fatigue, anemia, unexplained weight loss Pericardial Mesothelioma is extremely rare. This disease develops in the pericardium, a membrane made up of mesothelial cells that surrounds the heart. Symptoms include: chest pain, murmurs, cough, difficulty breathing, fatigue, night sweats, heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat.

Diagnosing Mesothelioma

This is a very difficult disease to diagnose because the symptoms can be easily mistaken for other more common diseases like the flu, heart disease, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. You must work closely with your doctor to connect the symptoms with this disease. If you worked in an industry where you were at high risk for asbestos exposure and you developed an asbestos related disease, you may be entitled to compensation. If you are considering pursuing an asbestos-related case, Mesothelioma attorneys can help you determine if there is potential for a lawsuit.

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