Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Diseases
McCallum, Methvin & Terrell, P.C. is currently investigating cases involving serious injury or death resulting from asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a highly aggressive and rare form of cancer usually of the lining of the lung (pleural), the lining of the heart (pericardial) and abdominal cavity (peritoneal).
The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Asbestos was widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.
The onset of mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos can take anywhere from 15 – 45 years. The first symptom is usually a constant pain in the chest and is accompanied by shortness of breath, pain or swelling in the abdomen. Other symptoms include persistent coughing, coughing blood, fatigue and significant weight loss. For many years, manufacturers hid the dangers of asbestos exposure. While the deadly nature of asbestos was known beginning in the 1930’s, these findings were never shared with the public and people exposed to asbestos were not protected.
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