Mesothelioma Kills Thousands Annually

Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer affecting nearly 3,000 people each year in the United States. This cancer targets the mesothelium, which is the tissue that lines the lungs and heart as well as a few other internal organs.

Typically, mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. It is usually fatal within a few years, even if you seek and receive immediate and appropriate treatment. Only 10 percent of people diagnosed with and treated for mesothelioma live longer than five years.

What Exactly Is Mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a type of cancer that attacks the protective lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testicles. This protective lining is called the mesothelium. In later stages of the disease, the organs themselves may become damaged.

The mesothelium serves a critical function in providing lubrication that helps internal organs to move. A prime example involves the lungs. This lubrication makes it possible for your lungs to expand and contract, allowing you to breathe comfortably.

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Depending on its specific location in the body, the mesothelium is called by different names. The likelihood of having cancer in each area varies greatly:

  • Pleural mesothelioma: lung and chest areas, 75%
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma: abdominal cavity and organs, 25%
  • Pericardial mesothelioma: heart and heart cavity, rare
  • Tunica vaginalis testis: testicles, extremely rare

Cancerous mesotheliomas may be further categorized into three primary types depending on the specific arrangement of the cells and the percent of cases that have each type:

  • Sarcomatoid: fastest spreading, 10-20%
  • Epithelioid: slower spreading, 50-60%
  • Biphasic (mixed): both types of cells are present, 30%-40%

Symptoms of Mesothelioma of the Lungs or Abdomen

There are a wide range of symptoms that may take years to appear:

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Painful coughing
  • Swelling of the neck or face
  • Pain under the rib cage or chest pain
  • Unexpected or unusual weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lumps or swelling

Are you experiencing any of the symptoms associated with mesothelioma? If so, you may want to consider pursuing your legal options to help pay for your medical needs.

Selecting the Right Attorney Is Critical

If you have mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation, and Weitz & Luxenberg wants to help.

As one of the largest personal injury and mass tort plaintiffs’ firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg has dedicated itself to helping clients receive the very best results possible. We’ve represented tens of thousands of clients, serving as their mesothelioma lawyer.

In making your decision, we urge you to consider which firm has a proven history of consistent and superior results. And ask yourself, who will serve my needs best? Which firm has a philosophy in working with clients that most appeals to me? We at Weitz & Luxenberg believe that our attorneys stand out with our exceptional service and we would be privileged to work for the outcome you deserve.

How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help

As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.

We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.

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