Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is generally caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a name for materials that were used to help fireproof homes, warehouses and other buildings. During the 1970s, a series of laws were passed in an effort to eliminate its use. However, since it can take many years after exposure to this material to get sick, you may still be at risk for health issues despite changes to construction codes.
The common symptoms of mesothelioma
The most commonly reported symptoms of this health condition include shortness of breath, chest pain and lumps under the skin near their chest. In some cases, individuals may experience weight loss, vomiting or nausea. It may be possible to treat the condition with surgery, radiation and medication. The exact type of treatment that might be used in your case will largely depend on your age and physical condition.
Family members may be at higher risk for getting sick
Research suggests that a spouse, child or anyone else who may have lived with you for an extended period of time might be at a higher risk of contracting mesothelioma. However, this may depend on your family history, the extent of your own exposure to asbestos and other factors. A physician with knowledge of asbestos/mesothelioma may be able to provide more information about possible risks.
If you become sick because of exposure to asbestos during your career, it may be possible to seek compensation from a former employer. An attorney may also be able to pursue compensation from other parties that may have created conditions that increased your risk of getting cancer. A financial award may make it easier to pay medical bills, obtain lost future earnings or cover other expenses incurred because of your condition.