What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a very rare cancer of the lining of the lung (pleural), stomach (peritoneum), heart (pericardial) or testicles (tunica vaginalis). Doctors call this lining the serosal membrane which is a very thin membrane covering these areas within the body. Mesothelioma is not lung cancer. Smoking does not cause mesothelioma. In North America, the overwhelming single cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Doctors consider mesothelioma a "signal" tumor of asbestos exposure due to the strength of the association between asbestos and this type of cancer. There is a latency period between the time of first exposure to asbestos and clinical diagnosis of mesothelioma. This latency period is anywhere from as low as 10 years (rare) to over 60 years. In other words, people exposed to asbestos many decades ago may not get mesothelioma until now.

If you or a loved one has mesothelioma, you know how serious this diagnosis is. Because asbestos is the only cause of mesothelioma in North America, it is important for you to be represented by competent lawyers experienced in these cases. It is important to determine all of the potential exposures to asbestos in advancing any claim for damages, restitution, injuries, and loss of life. Proving this requires experience, knowledge of trades, hobbies, locations, buildings, products and a whole host of other things that only decades of experience in this area can provide. If you or a loved one has mesothelioma, please contact us right away to find out all available compensation avenues.