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Have you ever been exposed to asbestos?
This is an important question, because exposure to asbestos can cause very serious diseases, particularly mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the cavities around the chest, the abdomen, and the heart. Tumors form in these cavities, and if they’re malignant, they could spread and destroy nearby tissue. Malignant cells could also spread from the tumors into other organs by moving into the bloodstream or lymphatic system.
Chances are that your exposure came quite some time ago, since there are currently laws and regulations to protect people from dangerous exposure to asbestos. The problem is that it can take up to thirty years or more for an asbestos-related disease to show itself, so it’s important—extremely important—for you to pay attention to your health and watch for certain symptoms.
Some of these symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, cough, abdominal pain or swelling, weight loss, fever, anemia, or bowel obstruction. Because these symptoms could also be connected to other diseases, it’s essential that you tell your doctor about your asbestos exposure. Keep in mind that 70%-80% of the people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos.
If it turns out that you do have mesothelioma, you can get help. There are several options for mesothelioma treatment, ranging from traditional cancer approaches like surgery and radiation to experimental therapies and drugs.
You can also get financial compensation through a mesothelioma lawsuit. Personal injury law allows people to sue when they have been harmed because of someone else’s negligence, and because mesothelioma is so closely linked to asbestos exposure, there is a specific body of law that governs such cases. So if you have been harmed by asbestos exposure, you could win a substantial financial settlement.
We’ve created this website to help you determine whether you could have mesothelioma and what your options are. First you’ll find an explanation of the mesothelioma/asbestos connection. Then we’ll describe the symptoms and diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer, followed by a discussion of possible treatments. After that, we’ll give you a short history of the litigation against asbestos manufacturers, and we’ll end by talking about some factors you should consider in choosing a mesothelioma attorney.
Finally—and most important of all—remember that this is your life. Don’t allow anyone to bully or coerce you into doing anything that you don’t feel is right. Although fighting cancer may well be the most difficult thing you’ve ever done, it can also bring out your best. So take the time to think and research your options, and then make the decisions that you feel are the best for you.
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