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Stage 4 Mesothelioma: Understanding the Diagnosis

Stage 4 mesothelioma is considered the most advanced and serious form of the disease. For patients in this stage, cancer cells have metastasized-or spread-well beyond the point of origin, and the illness is no longer considered treatable by curative measures. To understand this diagnosis, refer to the question and answer section featured below. Question: How long can mesothelioma patients in...

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Shipyard Asbestos Affected Thousands of Navy Veterans

Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare form of cancer is particularly devastating because most victims, some who worked with shipyard asbestos, have presented symptoms of the disease for decades but they were misdiagnosed as common cold or flu-like ailments. As with any cancer, early detection is the key to surviving the longest and misdiagnosis usually means...

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The Navy and Mesothelioma – A Deadly Combination

This month we will cover two sides of mesothelioma: the legal elements and the medical elements. Each side of this disease can be heavily daunting. One side of the coin gives you a diagnosis that in a large majority of the cases is fatal within 2 years. There are many obstacles to cover to prolong life and protect and preserve the quality of life that remains. The other side of the coin...

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Even small amounts of asbestos can cause cancer

Asbestos, one of the main mesothelioma causes most associated with the disease, is a hazardous and carcinogenic substance. When asbestos fibers are swallowed or inhaled, they are prone to become trapped in the lungs and abdomen where they can remain for decades undetected. Over this time period, these fibers can gather causing inflammation and disfiguration of the tissue. This in turn affects...

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Facing the Reality of Your Mesothelioma Life Expectancy

Facing a suddenly shortened mesothelioma life expectancy is difficult for both the victim and his or her loved ones. Plans for the future are suddenly and drastically cut short, and coping with such a stark reality can be an initially overwhelming charge. The tragic fact about mesothelioma is that it is always considered a terminal diagnosis. And depending upon how far advanced the disease is at...

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