A Closer Look at Mesothelioma and Michigan Lawyers
Mesothelioma used to be one of the rarest forms of cancer. However, with the growing number of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, one can no
longer call it rare, although it still remains uncommon. Mesothelioma affects the cells of the mesothelium - found in the chest - wherein they become
abnormal and they multiply without order or control. The abnormal or cancer cells can attack and damage nearby organs and tissues, and they can
also metastasize or spread from where they originally were to other parts of the body.
Each year, a large number of mesothelioma cases are diagnosed in Michigan. Men are found to be more susceptible to mesothelioma, also
sometimes referred to as asbestosis, than women. This might be due to higher risk factors that men face. The risk also increases as one gets older.
However, anyone - man or woman - can develop mesothelioma at any age.
Tumors in the mesothelium can be benign or non-cancerous. Or they can also be malignant or cancerous. Malignant mesothelioma is found to be the
most serious of all asbestos-related diseases. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to the lethal mineral that we know as asbestos. As
have been mentioned, anyone can become afflicted with mesothelioma at any age but most of the time, patients start to fall ill only after twenty to thirty
Mesothelioma patients often complain about shortness of breath and pain felt in the chest. The chest pain is often due to the accumulation of fluid in
the pleura. Patients may also observe weight loss and experience abdominal pain. Some swelling may also be observed due to fluid buildup in the
abdomen. Patients may also suffer from bowel obstruction, abnormalities in blood clotting, fever, and anemia. Once the cancer cells have spread
beyond the mesothelium, patients may complain of pain, difficulty in swallowing, and swelling of the neck and/or face.
It has been found that most mesothelioma patients have been exposed to deadly levels of asbestos in their