Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive and deadly form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. New York Mesothelioma Attorney Joseph P. Williams and his team understand that no amount of money can make up for the physical, emotional and monetary toll this debilitating disease takes from victims and their families. As passionate and aggressive advocates for those who suffer from mesothelioma, the staff at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. can help ensure that mesothelioma victims and their loved ones receive the financial security they need and sense of justice they deserve.
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WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma is a preventable cancer caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. There are three types of mesothelioma, all of which target the mesothelium, a layer of tissue that covers a majority of your internal organs.
The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, which attacks the mesothelium known as the pleura that surrounds each lung. However, mesothelioma may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (the membrane around the heart).
SYMPTOMS OF MESOTHELIOMA
Unlike some cancers, mesothelioma is difficult to detect in its infancy. Mesothelioma symptoms are typically not apparent for at least 20 years and often upward of 40 years after exposure to asbestos.
Many initial signs of mesothelioma—such as shortness of breath and chest pain—are shared with numerous other medical conditions, which complicates accurate early diagnosis. Mesothelioma victims generally do not learn they have the condition until it is in an advanced stage. Although mesothelioma treatments can help contain the spread of the disease and improve the comfort of victims, there is no known cure.
HOW ASBESTOS CAUSES MESOTHELIOMA
The name asbestos encompasses a group of carcinogenic, fibrous minerals that were commonplace in a variety of products and industries due to their bonding properties, insulation qualities, strength, resistance to heat and—importantly—low cost. Asbestos becomes dangerous when its microscopic fibers break apart, are inhaled and lodge in the lungs, which in turn can lead to mesothelioma and lung cancer among other complications.
Occupational exposure and exposure in homes are two common sources of asbestos contamination. Because asbestos fibers are easily transferred, family members of those who worked with asbestos and brought asbestos dust home on their clothes have been known to develop mesothelioma from second-hand asbestos exposure.
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