Are you or a loved one suffering from symptoms associated with mesothelioma?
If so, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, a protective tissue layer that covers most of the internal organs. Individuals believing to be affected are recommended to take prompt action to protect themselves.
Individuals predominantly working in specific industries are prone to developing life-threatening conditions. This life-threatening cancer is commonly associated with working with asbestos. At least 75-percent of reported cases have been linked to asbestos exposure. If you, or someone you know, have worked in the aerospace, construction, mill working, insulation, shipyards, and Navy – you may have a case.
There is also reported evidence that living with, or being exposed to, someone affected by this deadly cancer can contract it. Individuals can breathe the surrounding air, filling up their lungs with harmful particles which can attach to body tissues. Individuals have also been known to develop mesothelioma by touching surfaces previously touched by affected individuals.
It is important to note that stages of early development can be hard to distinguish from typical aches and pains. Early signs are commonly mistaken for everyday headaches and other functioning annoyances every one experiences. That is why mesothelioma can be so difficult to detect.
Mesothelioma has a history of displaying symptoms 20-50 years after exposure to any asbestos. Symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed, causing the cancer to spread quickly and efficiently. Doctors have difficulty recognizing symptoms. Many simply ignore the patient’s complaints or shrug off the complaint as some type of other disorder, since the cancer possesses so many characteristics. Most patients are not diagnosed until the cancer has reached Stage III or IV.
Asbestos-related cancers manifest in various systems and take multiple forms. Commonly reported pleural mesothelioma which involves the respiratory system, peritoneal affects the thick layer surround the abdominal cavity, pericardial which develops in the lining surrounding the heart, and testicular. Testicular is the rarest form of mesothelioma.
According to the Mayo Clinic and the Mesothelioma Center, there are a number of common symptoms typically reported by mesothelioma patients. Symptoms commonly mirror other types of lung-related diseases, so may be hard to distinguish. Reported early stage symptoms include:
- Dry Coughing
- Abdominal Pain
- Chest Pain
- Respiratory Complications
- Difficulty Breathing
Advanced Symptoms Include:
- Muscle Weakness
- Pleural Effusions
What makes mesothelioma so unique is the fact that symptoms indicating the cancer has spread from the original site often do not show up in the originating area. Medically terms as ‘local asbestos cancer invasion’, some of the more common symptoms include:
- Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing
- Laryngeal nerve palsy (hoarseness)
- Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
- Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar
- Nerve impairment involving the arms
- Horner’s Syndrome or facial nerve damage
The sooner an individual contacts a medical care provider, the sooner a diagnosis can begin. Since mesothelioma is such a manifestation of symptoms and development stages, it is highly recommended affected individuals contact a qualified legal representative to find out more about how to receive compensation for themselves or a deceased loved one.
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