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Understanding Mesothelioma and Its Impact on the Body

Posted by Laura Elkin | May 10, 2024 | 0 Comments

Mesothelioma is a devastating form of cancer that primarily affects the mesothelium, the protective lining covering many internal organs. For those exposed to asbestos, this cancer can develop in several key areas of the body:

1. Pleural Mesothelioma (Around the Lungs)

  • Occurrence: 80-90%% of cases
  • Symptoms: Pain, fatigue, coughing, and breathing difficulties
  • Development: Cancer originates around the lungs, often spreading to other areas.

2. Peritoneal Mesothelioma (In the Abdominal Cavity)

  • Occurrence: 10-15% of cases
  • Symptoms: Abdominal pain, swelling, and nausea
  • Development: Cancer starts in the abdominal lining, presenting different symptoms than pleural mesothelioma.

3. Pericardial Mesothelioma (Around the Heart)

  • Occurrence: Rare
  • Symptoms: Chest pain, breathing difficulties
  • Development: Cancer forms around the heart, affecting its function and presenting unique challenges.

4. Mesothelioma of the Tunica Vaginalis (Around the Testicles)

  • Occurrence: Very rare
  • Symptoms: Lumps or abnormalities in the testicles
  • Development: Cancer affects the lining of the testicles, often detected through physical examination.

Understanding where mesothelioma develops is crucial, especially for those with a history of asbestos exposure. If diagnosed early, treatment options and quality of life can be significantly improved.

While there is no definitive cure for mesothelioma, advancements in treatment and early detection can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. Legal options are also available for those affected by asbestos exposure, providing avenues for seeking compensation to cover medical expenses and support families affected by this disease.

Call The Cheek Law Firm, LLC 

If you or a loved one faces a Mesothelioma diagnosis or another asbestos-related disease after asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation. Give the attorneys at The Cheek Law Firm a call at 504-304-4333 or contact us online today to set up a free consultation and consider your legal options. 


About the Author

Laura Elkin

Laura Elkin is a lawyer at The Cheek Law Firm, LLC who focuses on asbestos, product liability and appellate advocacy. Laura has always been passionate about helping others. Laura obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University, suma cum laude, with a major in Psychology with a focus on Specia...


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