December 2, 2020

About Mesothelioma

Utah Mesothelioma Lawyers

Mesothelioma is an uncommon form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, a thin, protective lining surrounding many of the body’s internal organs. Its only known cause is the inhalation or ingestion of asbestos, which is found in many industrial and commercial jobsites across the country.  Approximately 3,000 cases of mesothelioma cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States.  Unfortunately, many workers in Utah’s mining industry, as well as power plants, refineries, and other factories are known to have been exposed to asbestos.

Types of MesotheliomaDanger Asbestos Warning Sign

The main types of mesothelioma are categorized as follows:

  • Pleural mesothelioma – This is by far the most common type of mesothelioma, occurring in the pleural lining of the lungs and chest cavity.  Approximately 75% of all mesothelioma cases occur in the pleural mesothelium.
  • Peritoneal mesothelioma – This form of mesothelioma occurs in the peritoneal lining of the abdominal cavity. Approximately 20% of all mesothelioma cases occur in the peritoneal mesothelium.
  • Pericardial mesothelioma – This type of mesothelioma affects the pericardial lining of the heart.  It is very rare, representing only about 5% of all mesothelioma cases.

Almost all cases of mesothelioma are malignant, which occurs when cells within the specific area become abnormal and divide uncontrollably.  If not caught early enough, the cancer may metastasize, spreading to other organs of the body.  Even though it is very aggressive, there are treatment options available.  As with all cancer, early detection is critical for a patient’s prognosis, so if you feel you are at risk, seek medical advice right away.

What if You Have Mesothelioma?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation and other benefits.  Our Utah mesothelioma lawyers have experience handling sensitive mesothelioma claims.  Please call 1-877-LOSS RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) for a free case evaluation.