Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyer Introduction
I’m a former Philadelphia lawyer who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2004. I had the surgery of my life and survived the disease, but eventually, my body betrayed me and I lost the fight against it. In 2013, I wrote a book about my experience, which became an instant best-seller. It was featured on Oprah!
Since then, I have written three more books: Mesothelioma Survivor’s Guide to Surviving Cancer & Beyond, Mesothelioma Survivor’s Guide to Getting Well, and Mesothelioma Survivor’s Guide to Saving Your Life.
I’m also a regular speaker at conferences, so please take a moment to see if a mesothelioma cancer lawyer is one of those people you want on your team or company (whether you work for them or not). If so, hit me up!
Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyer Definition
I’ve been writing about mesothelioma for a long time, and this is my latest entry. You are probably aware that mesothelioma is a very specific type of cancer affecting the lungs and pleura (which are tissue in which our lungs and much of our internal organs are protected) — the mesothelial tissue at the back of our lungs. It is not clear how common mesothelioma is, but it is known to affect people in many different countries, including the UK. That’s why it’s so important to have a good lawyer who understands mesothelioma.
This brief article aims to set out some key points you should know about mesothelioma:
- It can be cancerous or non-cancerous (and will require various treatments in order to be removed from your body)
- It can affect people of all ages (but typically affects women more than men)
- It can be triggered by exposure to asbestos, radiation or other environmental chemicals (i.e., workplace accidents, etc.)
- The chances of surviving this disease are very low but still important (at least 1 in 5 patients will die before they reach 60 years old). This means if you’re going to get diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need an attorney who understands what that means for your family and your finances.
Types of Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyer
Mesothelioma is a very rare malignancy. It is the most common form of lung cancer and the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the US and in other countries.
On average, one person in every thousand will develop mesothelioma. Most cases are diagnosed in middle age, with a peak incidence between the ages of 50 and 60; however, cases can start at any time.
The classifications used to classify mesothelioma vary from country to country but generally include:
• Benign diseases such as asbestosis or fibrosis – not curable, but often manageable with surgery or radiotherapy
• Myeloid metaplasia – generally incurable but can be managed by chemotherapy (with a risk of severe side effects)
• Solid tumors – tumorous solid deposits that can’t be surgically removed, may not be curable, can’t be managed except by chemotherapy (with a risk of serious side effects)
Most people who develop mesothelioma are unaware they have it until after they die because there are no symptoms until the later stages of their illness. There is no approved treatment for this cancer other than supportive care – an estimated 80% of mesothelioma patients die without ever receiving any care from their doctors even though 90% of them wish someone had cared for them sooner so that they could have been diagnosed sooner and treated earlier.
Most mesothelioma patients die within 3-5 years after diagnosis. The median survival time is about 4 years after diagnosis with more than half surviving more than 10 years. Mesothelioma accounts for approximately 15% of all lung cancers and approximately 8% of all cancers overall; however, it is only about 1-2% for lung cancer overall in the US. Mesotheliomas tend to be found on both sides of the body rather than being confined to one side or another, unlike lung cancers which tend to occur exclusively on one side (squamous cell carcinomas).
Lung cancers account for roughly 85% of all malignancies; mesothelial tumors account for 1-2%. There are several genetic factors that contribute to this phenomenon: • Familial hypertrophy – specific genes that predispose individuals to develop this type of cancer • Familial aggregation – genes associated with familial aggregation (e.g., BRCA1 & BRCA2) have been identified as having high penetrance
Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyer’s Role
Mesothelioma is the most common fatal form of cancer. This blog covers a variety of topics about mesothelioma, including:
- • Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure
- • Mesothelioma and exposure to asbestos fibers
- • Mesothelioma and exposure to other chemicals
- • Mesothelioma’s treatment options
- • About mesothelioma, including the diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments
Asbestos is a known carcinogen. Many studies have shown that certain types of asbestos can cause mesothelial cancer — a form of lung cancer. Most people with asbestos-related lung disease are aware that they are exposed to asbestos through work or residential situations where they have breathed it in (e.g., building construction). For those at risk of exposure, the best way to avoid it is to avoid breathing in dust from old buildings.
But for many people with mesothelial cancer, there’s still no simple way to tell if they were exposed to asbestos at work or residential sites. This blog provides some information about mesothelioma and how it affects people who breathe in asbestos at work or residential sites (or both). In addition, this blog offers advice on how a lawyer can help you determine whether you were exposed to asbestos during your job or residential life.
How to Hire a Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyer?
Mesothelioma cancer lawyer is a very serious disease and there are always people who have news about mesothelioma cancer in their lives. There are many mesothelioma lawyers in the world, so it can be hard to find a good one. If you want to know more about mesothelioma cancer lawyers, please read the following articles:
- Why do we think lawyers should have a relationship with mesothelioma patients?
- Mesothelioma Cancer Lawyers — What is a mesothelioma lawyer and how does he/she work?
- Lawyers Who Specialize in Mesothelioma CAN Help You With Your Case