Mesothelioma seems to appear only in people who have had exposure to certain hazardous materials, generally in a workplace setting. So, unless you worked for a number of years in certain fields, mainly related to manufacturing and construction, it is unlikely that you have to worry.

What Causes Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is caused by inhalation of microscopic asbestos fiber particles, which are released in the manufacture of items such as insulation, roofing shingles, etc. The particles are too tiny to see, odorless and tasteless. The particles accumulate in the mesothelium, an internal membrane surrounding your inner organs, and can cause a rare cancer of this area. Of the approximately 2000 cases of mesothelioma diagnosed per year, 70-80% had known exposure to asbestos.

Will Mesothelioma Make Me Sick Immediately?

No, most cases are not diagnosed until after many years . The time period can vary from 15-50 years before mesothelioma symptoms appear. Once mesothelioma is diagnosed (usually by a biopsy) it can be treated.

There are several options for treatment including surgical removal of affected areas, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If you should be diagnosed with mesothelioma, your doctor can advise you as to which type of treatment is recommended in your particular case.

Why Do I See So Many TV Ads Relating to Mesothelioma Lawsuits?

The fact is many lawyers see this disease as an opportunity to sign up lots of people and make lots of money. There are many ethical lawyers working in this field trying to get settlements for individuals who are disabled due to mesothelioma and are owed recompense. Unfortunately, there are also quite a few lawyers who are not this ethical. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you wish to pursue a lawsuit, always check with the American Bar Association for lists of reputable lawyers in your area.