What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops in the sac (the mesothelium) that lines the body's internal cavity. Mesothelioma can develop in the lining surrounding the lungs, the abdominal cavity, the heart, and, in some rare cases, testicles.

Exposure to asbestos is believed to be the sole cause of mesothelioma. Once tiny asbestos particles are inhaled or ingested, the asbestos fibers attach to the layers of tissue—usually the tissue lining the lungs. Asbestos fibers remain lodged in the tissue, causing agitation and scarring. This agitation causes abnormal cell division and growth that causes tumors to develop.

Both malignant (cancerous) and benign (non-cancerous) types of mesothelioma can cause the cell tissue to thicken and collect fluid—ultimately constricting the organ the tissue encompasses. The majority of people suffering from mesothelioma experience shortness of breath and other significant problems associated with rapidly decreasing lung capacity. Learn more about the symptoms of mesothelioma.

Types of Mesothelioma Cancer

There are four primary types of mesothelioma:

  • Lungs (Pleural Mesothelioma) – This is the most common type of mesothelioma. Approximately 80% of cases of mesothelioma develop in the lungs.
  • Abdomen (Peritoneal Mesothelioma) – Abdominal mesothelioma doesn’t just affect the stomach, but often spreads to the bowels, liver, spleen, etc.
  • Heart (Pericardial Mesothelioma) – Mesothelioma affecting the heart is uncommon, accounting for about 1% of all mesothelioma cases.
  • Benign– Benign mesothelioma is not cancerous but can lead to serious health complications all the same, including seizure disorders.

Top Mesothelioma Attorneys in Dallas, Texas

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or if a loved one has died after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, our trial lawyers at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP, can help you understand your right to compensation. Contact us in Dallas, Texas, for a free initial consultation.

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