Mesothelioma is a rare cancer in which the mesothelium’s cells (a membrane that protects most of the body’s internal organs) become abnormal and uncontrollably divide. Mesothelioma is generally caused by excessive and prolonged asbestos exposure. Workplace asbestos exposure is the major risk factor for mesothelioma, causing an estimated 80% of mesothelioma diagnoses. Mesothelioma typically takes decades to manifest. Therefore, patients are often diagnosed after mesothelioma has reached an untreatable stage, causing the average survival rate of mesothelioma victims after diagnosis to be less than a year.

Common Mesothelioma symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Wheezing

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact our Mesothelioma attorneys for more information about your condition, treatment options, and a confidential and free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by