Hi, I’m attorney Paul Harding, managing partner of Martin, Harding & Mazotti. And what is mesothelioma? Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, the tissues that line the human internal organs. It is often incorrectly called a form of lung cancer, and that is not accurate. Mesothelioma is notorious for being very aggressive, difficult to diagnose and treat, and carrying a grim prognosis.
In general, only a quarter to a third of mesothelioma patients survive the first year after diagnosis, and just 10% survive for at least three years. Mesothelioma can almost always be traced to one risk factor, and that is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural fiber that was widely used as insulation and manufactured late in the 20th century, especially in shipyards.
Once inhaled, it cannot be exhaled, instead, lingering in the body for decades. In some patients, this triggers mesothelioma 15 to 60 years later. This very long incubation period contributes to the disease’s low survival rate. If you or a loved one served in the Navy between 1930 and 1980, you should know that you run a substantially increased risk of contracting this rare form of cancer called mesothelioma.
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