This year, an estimated 3,000 patients will be diagnosed with mesothelioma — representing about 3 percent of all cancers.
As our Mesothelioma attorneys reported recently on our Mesothelioma Lawyer Blog, medical science continues to seek treatment options. However, the cancer is categorized as terminal because there is no known cure. The average dormancy period of 30 to 40 years between exposure and diagnosis can also make it difficult for a victim to link the cancer to asbestos exposure decades earlier.
Except for benign mesothelioma, life expectancy after diagnosis is generally less than one year. However, diagnosis and treatment can depend on the type of mesothelioma. There are four types of malignant mesothelioma:
Pleural Mesothelioma: Develops in the lining of the lung, and is known as pleura. It is the most common form of malignant mesothelioma, accounting for about 75 percent of new cases. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent cough and lumps under the skin.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma: This diagnosis accounts for about 20 percent of all cases. The mesothelioma develops in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneal membrane. Symptoms include weight loss, abdominal pain, selling, bowel obstruction and nausea.
Pericardial Mesothelioma: This type of mesothelioma develops in the lining of the heart, known as the pericardium. It accounts for about 5 percent of all new cases. Symptoms include heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat, chest pain, night sweats, and difficulty breathing.
Testicular Mesothelioma Is the rarest form of mesothelioma and develops in the tunica vaginalis of the testicles. Symptoms include painful and Painless testicular lumps.
The Ferraro Law Firm provides comprehensive representation to mesothelioma victims throughout the United States. Call 1-800-275-3332 for a free and confidential consultation. Offices in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York City.