Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that commonly affects the lining of the lungs or the chest wall.
The primary factor in causing mesothelioma is contact with asbestos which are types of silicate minerals. When the asbestos fibers are inhaled, they stick a protective layer in the lungs. These fibers remain in the lungs for years and eventually create cancer cells where it goes undetected often for several years.
It can also form in the lining of the pericardium (the protective sac around the heart), or in the lining of the abdomen.
Who is affected?
Mesothelioma is considered to be a very rare form of cancer, with about 3,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States.
Up until around the 1970s asbestos was extensively used in areas of insulation for construction projects and fireproofing.
Asbestos becomes toxic when it is crushed or broken which then disperses tiny microscopic fibers into the air that can be inhaled or ingested by those who come into contact with it.
This in turn can lead to the development of mesothelioma and other serious conditions related to exposure to asbestos.
Who May be Compensated?
People suffering from Mesothelioma may be entitled to compensation. Additionally, family survivors can also file lawsuits.