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You may have heard of mesothelioma before, but you might be unclear about what it is or how it is caused. If this is the case, don’t worry. Many people are unaware of the details of this harmful cancer and how it can develop in the body.

Read on to learn more of the things you should know about mesothelioma.

An Overview of Mesothelioma

According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer of the thin tissue (mesothelium) that lines the lung, chest wall, and abdomen.”

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is very aggressive and rare. It develops in the thin layer of tissue that surrounds most of your internal organs, referred to as the mesothelium.

The most common form of the disease is pleural mesothelioma, which is found in the lining of the lungs.

Most People With Mesothelioma Report Being Exposed to Asbestos

According to the American Lung Association, “Eight out of 10 people with mesothelioma report asbestos exposure, which is why it is considered the biggest risk factor of developing the disease.”

There are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma each year in the United States. While the treatments available to mesothelioma patients are getting better, the ailment remains an aggressive and fatal cancer.

If You Have Mesothelioma, We Want to Help

Contracting mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure is often unfair to those with the disease because they were largely unaware of the harmful effects of breathing in such a toxic substance.

If this has happened to you, we want to do everything in our power to help you through this difficult time. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team for more information about how we can assist you.

Contact our experienced team here at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. to learn more about how we can help with your case. Give us a call at (713) 787-3733 or fill out the online contact form to get in touch with a skilled attorney today.