What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lining of major organs including the lungs, heart, and abdomen. The most common type of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma; affecting the lining of the chest and lungs. It is a relatively rare form of cancer but due to its linkage with asbestos exposure, many people suffering from the illness are able to claim for compensation.
For those born in the 1940s and working in the carpentry trade, the risk of developing a lung-related illness such as mesothelioma from asbestos exposure is 1 in 17. By comparison, that figure drops to 1 in every 1000 for those who have not experienced occupational exposure. This information was acquired from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website, a national, independent watchdog for work-related illness.
Looking at these figures from the HSE, it is not surprising to also find that around 85% of all male mesothelioma cases are attributable to asbestos exposure in occupational settings.
Prognosis of mesothelioma is based on symptoms and cause, and uses a range of methods to determine the presence of cancerous tissues. Due to the many types of cells that can make up a mesothelioma tumour, it can be difficult to diagnose.
Indications that a person may be suffering with mesothelioma include;
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- A persistent cough
- Hoarse voice
- Difficulty swallowing
- Weight loss
Mesothelioma symptoms such as shortness of breath are often caused due to fluid around the lungs known as pleural effusion. This is usually caused because cancerous tissues have begun to develop on the thin lining of the chest cavity and the lungs themselves, causing them to thicken. Mesothelioma of the pleura results in inflammation of the pleura and as result, the two linings cause irritation. Fluid will then form in the cavity. This fluid is known as pleural effusion.
Doctors can analyse this fluid to determine whether the cause of the pleurisy is exudative or transudative. The first of which can be due to cancerous tissues.
Other ways of producing a Mesothelioma prognosis include X ray’s, an ultrasound, a CT scan and biopsies.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have had exposure to asbestos in your workplace then you can claim for compensation. The cause of your mesothelioma will have to be determined as the result of a negligent employer and not as a result of natural progression. For this reason, an experienced solicitor is recommended to help win your no win no fee case and ensure correct mesothelioma compensation amounts.
A mesothelioma claim will typically require a medical examination to confirm the presence of mesothelioma alongside evidence that you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
Due to the latency period between exposure and onset of the symptoms of mesothelioma, a three year time period between the onset of symptoms and the start of your claim is typically allowed.
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Posted in: Asbestos on Thursday 4 January 2018
by Oliviah Rix-Taylor