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When you’re facing a devastating condition like mesothelioma, you need a knowledgeable and experienced law firm on your side. James F. Humphreys & Associates, L.C. has 40 years of experience gathering evidence and representing victims and family members when asbestos exposure has led to development of this deadly disease. Our firm can represent mesothelioma clients across the country.

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We welcome inquiries by surviving family members, even in cases where the victim was exposed to asbestos years ago. Call us or email our for a free initial consultation if your loved one died from mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, which is the lining around organs. Approximately 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. While most common around the lungs, mesothelioma also occurs in the lining of the heart, abdomen and testicles. Prognosis for this disease is poor, but new treatment methods and early detection can help patients live longer than ever before.

Almost all mesothelioma cases are caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and when they are disturbed, become airborne and are easily inhaled or swallowed. The fibers can become lodged in an organ’s lining and cause irritation, scarring and eventually tumor growth.

There are four main types of mesothelioma based on where the tumors originate.

  • Pleural mesothelioma: Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the cancer. It occurs when asbestos fibers attach themselves to the tissue lining the outside of the lungs and the inside of the rib cage.
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma: Peritoneal mesothelioma is the second most common form of mesothelioma. It affects the membranes of the abdominal cavity, exerting pressure on organs as tumors develop in the peritoneum.
  • Pericardial mesothelioma: This is a rare form of mesothelioma in which the asbestos fibers become lodged in the tissue surrounding the heart, resulting in the hardening of the pericardium, a membrane that surrounds the heart.
  • Testicular mesothelioma: Testicular mesothelioma is an extremely rare form of mesothelioma that affects males. This cancer forms in the tunica vaginalis, which is the lining of the testes.

Mesothelioma symptoms, which often take 10-50 years to develop vary by type and are often mistaken for other diseases, including the flu and pneumonia. Early detection of the disease increases treatment options and life expectancy.

Common mesothelioma symptoms include:

  • Lower back and chest pain
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid buildup
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue

In addition to asbestos exposure, there are a number of risk factors which can increase a person’s likelihood of developing mesothelioma. These include age, gender, and amount of exposure. More than 90 percent of mesothelioma patients are over 55 years of age, and three-quarters are men.

The more a person is exposed to materials containing asbestos, the greater the likelihood that he or she will ingest or inhale the fibers, increasing their risk of contracting the disease.

The long period between exposure and symptom development makes diagnosing mesothelioma difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. Several tests are used to look for tumors, including x-rays, CT scans and MRIs, but a biopsy of the tumor is the only way to confirm the diagnosis.

The outlook for mesothelioma patients varies depending on the type and stage of the disease. The average life expectancy is 1-2 years after diagnosis. Early detection and treatment can extend this timeframe.

There are several treatment options for mesothelioma, but they are often used for relieving symptoms rather than curing the disease. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Surgery is used to remove tumors from the body, while chemotherapy and radiation kill cancer cells and help reduce symptoms of the disease.

There are a number of emerging treatments for mesothelioma including immunotherapy and gene therapy. Currently there is no cure for mesothelioma but treatment options continue to improve and offer patients a longer life expectancy than in the past. Ongoing clinical trials are working to find better solutions to combat mesothelioma.

Asbestos was common in building materials throughout the 20th century and could be present in homes, schools and buildings constructed during that time period, particularly before the 1980s. That said, workers in certain industries are more likely to be exposed to the fibers, including firefighters, mechanics, industrial workers and carpenters. For a complete list of those at risk for asbestos exposure and materials containing the fibers, visit our asbestos page.

Asbestos is still present in products sold today, such as vehicle parts, insulation and construction materials. The best way to prevent mesothelioma is to avoid products that contain the fibers and consult a doctor if you notice symptoms. If you come across asbestos in your home, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Call a certified removal expert to handle the materials.

Questions about mesothelioma? Visit our FAQ page to get answers to common questions.

Don’t assume that it’s too late to bring a claim for compensation for your loved one’s mesothelioma. We represent mesothelioma cases in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia as well as around the country. To schedule a free consultation, please call 304-347-5050, or contact us online.

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