Mesothelioma is a very rare and aggressive form of cancer usually developing in the lining of the abdomen, lungs, or heart. It is cause by asbestos which is a fire resistant used in various industries in the United States for years. Mesothelioma has no cure and has a poor prognosis.
Up to 2800
In 2017 a report by the Centers of Disease Control stated that 2,400 to 2,800 individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. These are people who have worked around or been exposed to asbestos and therefore have a high risk of developing mesothelioma.
Poor life expectancy
The life expectancy of a patient with mesothelioma is very poor, as there is no known cure for this cancer. The disease’s stage, location of tumour and, cell type is the factors for determining the patient’s survival. Factors such as the overall health of the patient as well as age and whether this cancer has spread are all factors that impact the prognosis.
The only known cause of this cancer is exposure to asbestos. The particles and dust from asbestos that have been ingested or inhaled cause the inflammation and disruption of cell growth that is normal.
Exposure of employees
Thousands of commercial, industrial and consumer products were manufactured with asbestos from the 1940s through the 1990s. Many of these companies knew about the deadly effects of this exposure of employees and customers and yet continued to use the substance. For this reason, there are many lawsuits brought against these companies on the behalf of victims of asbestos cause cancer.
If you live in Maryland and have been diagnosed with this disease, you are advised to see a Maryland Mesothelioma Lawyer. You or your family members may be entitled to compensation from any company that knew and did not stop using asbestos.