Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a rare cancer showing diagnosis in people with high levels of exposure to asbestos. The malignancy distresses the pleura, a thin membrane of lubricating cells that line the walls of the chest and lungs. Statistics have shown that detection of this cancer can take up to 40-50 years in some cases. Pleural mesothelioma indications include a thickening or calcification of the pleural lining. This illness is commonly diagnosed as pleural plaques. Pleural calcification and other conditions or the development of pleural plaques are a pre-cursor to mesothelioma.
A PET scan can better distinguish between benign (non-cancerous) and malignant pleural growths. The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma, which comprises up to 75% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. It is developed when someone has exposure to asbestos by inhaling its microscopic fibers. These fibers attach to the lining of the lungs, known as the pleura. There is a visceral (inner) and a parietal (outer) pleura liner. Inflammation occurs when the fibers irritate the pleura. This tissue irritation creates scar tissue, which can result in genetic damage and tumors.?
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What is malignant pleural mesothelioma?
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare tumor resulting from exposure to asbestos. Among the total count of mesothelioma victims, 70%-80% are affected with MPM. The mesothelioma symptoms for MPM can include: shortness of breath, chest pain, unexplained lumps in your chest area and unexplained weight loss.
Mesothelioma in the pleura tends to spread rapidly and the relation is the proximity to vital organs. Because of the development in the lining of the lungs, the malignancy tends to spread to the rest of the lung, the chest wall, or the nearby diaphragm. Other organs are located around the lungs which are central within the body cavity, so the likelihood of spreading is high.
What can I do if diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma?
Victims of pleural mesothelioma should realize that they need an asbestos law firm after diagnosis of mesothelioma. Also, anyone suffering from asbestos-related illnesses should know they can receive a mesothelioma settlement with the help of a quality law firm. The responsible parties that manufactured or installed the asbestos are paying millions to their victims. Because a diagnosis of mesothelioma can take up to 10 to 40 years or more to reveal itself after exposure to asbestos, having an experienced attorney on your side with the familiarity of winning trials and settlements for their clients is imperative. Contact Shrader Law and Associates, LLP for legal advice and help with receiving compensation.