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Facts and Information About Mesothelioma



Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is totally preventable. It is preventable because it is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a type of mineral that has been mined for thousands of centuries. However, mining for this mineral exploded during the 19th century when it was discovered how useful it was in the construction industry. Asbestos makes a great soundproofing material, flame-retarded material and insulating material. But the use of asbestos in construction, and nearly all other applications, stopped once it became known that inhaling the dust from asbestos caused cancer. Most of the people dealing with mesothelioma are suffering the effects of having worked in an industry that used asbestos before the danger of the mineral became widely known. 


About 2500 people are diagnosed with this type of cancer every year. Almost all of them are men. That has to do with the fact that most industries that worked with asbestos were/are dominated by men. However, about 20% of mesothelioma cases are women. People who have developed mesothelioma sometimes develop the cancer up to fifty years after they have been exposed. So although, asbestos isn't used very much anymore, new cases will continue to pop up in the future. Because mesothelioma takes so long to show up all of the people who have this cancer are senior citizens. If you are facing any case, hire the right mesothelioma attorney.


While mesothelioma has no cure, there are treatments. Treatments get better year after year. This cancer will likely die out eventually in 1st world countries due to strict laws concerning the use of asbestos. However, that hasn't stopped researchers from desperately trying to find a cure for those who suffer from this rare cancer now. Because of this, people tend to get into a mesothelioma lawsuit.


Once mesothelioma is detected in a person, they do not have long to live. Most people die two years after being diagnosed. A small percentage of people, about 10%, can live as long as five years after being diagnosed with the cancer. Catching the cancer early has direct impact on how long a person lives after diagnosis. The mortality rate associated with mesothelioma has a lot to do with the fact that the vast majority of people who develop the disease are of advanced age.


There are four types of mesothelioma that affect different parts of the body. The type that affects the lungs is the most common. However, the cancer can also effect the heart, stomach and testicles as well. The type of mesothelioma that causes cancer of the testicles is the rarest type.