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What is Mesothelioma?

While it can affect the pleura (lining of the lungs), peritoneum (lining of the stomach), pericardium (lining of the heart) and testes, mesothelioma is best defined as a rare form of cancer that develops as a result of asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is known for being hard to detect, with symptoms usually appearing when the cancer is in the advanced stages. While numerous studies and medical advances hope to track mesothelioma while it is in its earlier stages, late diagnoses still persist.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma represents nearly 75 percent of all cases and affects the tissue surrounding the lungs. According to the Mayo Clinic, some common symptoms include:

  • Chest pain primarily beneath the rib cage
  • Constant, painful dry coughing
  • Inexplicable shortness of breath
  • Lumps of tissue under the skin on the chest
  • Unexplained, oftentimes rapid weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Night sweats and fevers

Patients with any combination of these symptoms should immediately seek medical assistance.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the stomach. It accounts for nearly 20 percent of all mesothelioma cases and includes the following symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic:

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Constant fatigue
  • Lumps of tissue in the abdomen
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Unexplained, oftentimes rapid weight loss

With peritoneal mesothelioma, it is common for fluids to build up in and around the stomach, causing it to distend and require numerous drainages from a medical professional. It is further characterized by the speed at which it spreads throughout the rest of the body, reaching other organs and making treatment particularly difficult. Despite this, there have been many advances in recent years that show the promise of heated chemotherapy in the treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma.

Pericardial and Testicular Mesothelioma

While pericardial mesothelioma and testicular mesothelioma affect two different parts of the body—the heart and the testes, respectively—the two have been categorized together as they are particularly rare, accounting for under two percent of all mesothelioma occurrences when combined. Pericardial mesothelioma’s symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Night sweats and fevers
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

Since it is the rarest of all, testicular mesothelioma’s symptoms are not too familiar to doctors, though in the few cases observed painless testicular lumps and a scrotal swelling did occur. Testicular mesothelioma is so rare that doctors usually only find it when performing surgery for another condition.

Causes of Mesothelioma

Asbestos exposure is the primary cause of mesothelioma, but what exactly is it? Asbestos is a fibrous material known for its heat and corrosion resistant properties, making it useful for products such as insulation, roofing shingles, floor tiles, ceiling materials, cement compounds, textile products, and automotive parts. While it was very effective for preventing fires, the use of asbestos was decreased in the 1980s as scientists learned of its carcinogenic properties.

Despite the wane of asbestos use in the last forty years, mesothelioma cases still occur. This is due particularly to its long latency periods, the time between the first exposure to asbestos and the development of physical symptoms. Men have a mean latency period of 47.9 years; women, 53.3.

The most common variables for asbestos exposures were due to environment, occupation, products containing the material, and military service.

Cherry Hill Mesothelioma Lawyers at Shein Law Seek Compensation for Victims of Asbestos Exposure

With 2,000 to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma occurring every year, individuals need competent legal representation now more than ever. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer due to asbestos exposure in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, know that you may be entitled to compensation. The skilled Cherry Hill mesothelioma lawyers at Shein Law are ready to fight for you. Call us at 1-877-SHEINLAW (743-4652) or contact us online.