Mesothelioma is a rare and commonly fatal form of cancer often found in those who are or were employed by an organization that still (wrongfully) possesses materials, tools, equipment, buildings or other objects that—before its toxicity was discovered—were produced with varying amounts of the versatile silicate mineral known as asbestos.
Surprisingly, even the shortest levels of asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma. Accordingly, more exposure leads to a higher chance of developing the deadly cancer. It wasn’t until 1906 when the first death directly related to asbestos exposure was documented by Dr. Montague Murray when a slave working in asbestos mines lost his life to pulmonary fibrosis.
Despite having knowledge of the dangerous mineral, the United States failed to officially ban use of asbestos until 1979. Because of the lengthy enabled use of the toxic construction material, many houses, offices, schools, and restaurants still contain asbestos as a building foundation. Families, employees, and property guests alike could be completely unaware of the correlation between a recent death and asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma is a life-threatening surprise to most.
Although traumatic brain injury has always been considered the “silent killer” due to its often sudden and sometimes fatal consequences, mesothelioma is certainly an understated condition. Because the rare cancer is expected to take anywhere between 20 to 50 years to settle, and because the use of asbestos came to a halt about 35 years ago, the last big wave of mesothelioma patients is expected to hit hospitals between now and the next few years.
Sadly, many of these patients are completely unaware of their long-term exposure to asbestos. A loved one may have been admitted to a hospital for treatment; forced to stress over medical bills; sickened by chemotherapy or other forms of mesothelioma treatment. All of these negative situations related to one thing: asbestos exposure.
Is asbestos still out there?
Even though the use of asbestos was banned nation-wide in 1979, it would be nearly impossible to track and destroy every trace of it that is currently exposed to the public. Each and every lawsuit filed that has been filed relating to asbestos and mesothelioma helps towards the complete isolation and containment of the toxic mineral. Essentially, the more people that discover asbestos, the easier it is for officials to get rid of it. Unfortunately, unless you’re a geologist, discovery involves getting sick from its presence.
According to BusinessWire, about 3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma each year.
…but a cure is in the works.
In an article posted by the Los Angeles Times, medical researchers injected modified white blood cells directly into the cancerous tumors inside of a mouse and saw great results. The article claims that they “not only eliminated the cancer, but proliferated and persisted, successfully fighting off a reintroduced cancer.”
This means that there is now some hope for the thousands of patients every year suffering from the once nearly unstoppable disease, but it also comes with added responsibility.
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Because a cure could be available within the next few years, treatment will be straightforward and hopefully permanent. It is also likely to be expensive; possibly more than you can comfortably afford to pay. What you may not have known is that you could be eligible for significant financial compensation that would cover the cost of expensive mesothelioma treatment.
If you or a loved one is currently suffering from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, contact the experienced Clearwater Mesothelioma Attorneys at Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a free consultation and case evaluation. We’ll share our legal knowledge with you for no cost at all and attempt to lead you down the correct path. Call us today at 727-451-6900.
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