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Top 5 States with Mesothelioma Deaths

About 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year in the U.S.

Percetage of Survival Based on Gender

Mesothelioma Prognosis Overview

There are about 2,500 mesothelioma-related deaths in the U.S. every year.

Number of Deaths for U.S. Residents Based on Age

Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that primarily develops in the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma)

Normal and Diseased Lung Anatomy

  • Normal Lung
  • Parietal Pleura
  • Pleural Space
  • Visceral Pleura
  • Plaque Forms in Pleura

3mm fibers are more likely to become lodged in the lining of the lungs, whereas 5mm fibers (1/5 inch) tend to lodge in the lung tissue

Normal and Diseased Lung Anatomy Caused exclusively by asbestos

AVERAGE COST: $84, 796
$44,536 Surgery
$29,052 Chemotherapy
$11,208 Radiation therapy

Caused by asbestos, mesothelioma has no known cure and has a poor prognosis

Types of Mesothelioma

Pleural
Mesothelioma
Pericardial
Mesothelioma
Peritoneal
Mesothelioma

Surgery is not recommended for all mesothelioma patients especially if they are in poor health or are diagnosed at an advanced stage

Symptoms

Pericardial Mesothelioma 5% of Mesothelioma Cases

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

Peritoneal Mesothelioma 29% of Mesothelioma Cases

  • Abdominal pain /swelling
  • Constipation, diarrrhea
  • Subcutaneous lumps
  • Unexplainable weight loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue

Pleural Mesothelioma 66% of Mesothelioma Cases

  • Painful breathing
  • Persistent pain in the chest area
  • Shortness of breath even while idle
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A persistent dry cough
  • Hemoptysis (bloody cough)
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Lumps in the chest area
  • Difficulty swallowing

Mesothelioma has three possible cell structures: epithelioid, sarcomatoid and biphasic

Diagnostics Tests

Imaging tests
Blood tests
Biopsies

Depending on various factors such as the patient’s age, tumor location, cell type, staging, and other considerations, some patients may be eligible to participate in a clinical trial

80% of the people diagnosed are men

It takes 10-60 years before any symptoms develop

12-21 months is the life expectancy for mesothelioma

Family members of asbestos workers can also be exposed to high levels of asbestos because the fibers can be carried home on the workers’ clothing, and then be inhaled by others in the household.

At-risk population knowledge about symptoms of mesothelioma

Lung cancer and mesothelioma require very different treatment approaches. Receiving a wrong diagnosis can have terrible implications for your health, as you will be getting an ineffective treatment, which will fail to improve your condition.

Legal Claims for Mesothelioma

Lost
Wages
Medical
Expenses
Funeral
Expenses
Wrongful
Death
Pain and
Suffering

When someone disturbs an asbestos containing product, microscopic fibers are released into the air. If inhaled, these thin fibers can become trapped in the lungs.

Stages of Pleural Mesothelioma

Stage I

Mesothelioma is present within the right or left pleura

Stage II

Mesothelioma invades the chest wall

Stage III

Mesothelioma has penetrated the diaphragm and reached the peritoneum

Stage IV

There is evidence of distant metastases

Stages of Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Stage I

Mesothelioma tumor is resectable

Stage II

At this stage, lymph nodes may be affected

Stage III

Mesothelioma has now progressed and is unoperable

Stage IV

Mesothelioma has now invaded multiple areas of the body

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