Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Although the use of asbestos in industrial and commercial settings has declined in recent years, many people are still at risk of developing mesothelioma due to previous exposure.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. This number may seem small when compared to other types of cancer, but it is important to note that mesothelioma has a low survival rate and often requires aggressive treatment.
Mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed in individuals who worked in industries where asbestos was used, such as construction, plumbing, and shipbuilding. In some cases, family members of asbestos workers may also develop mesothelioma due to secondhand exposure.
The symptoms of mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages of the disease. Some common symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and coughing, but these symptoms are also present in many other respiratory conditions. As a result, it is often not until the cancer has progressed to later stages that a diagnosis is made.
Treatment options for mesothelioma include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. However, even with treatment, the prognosis for mesothelioma patients is often poor, with a five-year survival rate of less than 20%.
Despite the relatively low number of cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year, the devastating impact of this disease on those affected and their families cannot be ignored. It is important for individuals who may have been exposed to asbestos to be aware of the symptoms of mesothelioma and to seek medical attention if they are experiencing any respiratory issues. Additionally, efforts to reduce exposure to asbestos should continue in order to prevent future cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses.
Experienced Asbestos Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, contact the experienced attorneys at Nass Cancelliere. For more than 40 years, the Philadelphia-based law firm of NASS CANCELLIERE has represented 4,500 people who have contracted MESOTHELIOMA and other forms of asbestos-related illness. Our attorneys have tried over 1,000 cases throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey and we have collected over $500 million for our clients. Learn more by calling 215-546-8200 to speak with an attorney or contacting us online.
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