Mesothelioma is asbestos-related cancer that forms on the protective tissues on the lungs, abdomen, and heart. Though the tumors can be benign, malignant mesothelioma can be life-threatening.
This form of cancer develops when a person ingests asbestos, the cause of all cases. Once the asbestos fibers become lodged in the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen, they damage the mesothelial cells and cause inflammation in the affected area. Over time, tumors will begin to form.
What are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
The primary symptoms of this cancer include coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Other common symptoms include:
- Dry cough
- Respiratory complications
- Fever or night sweats
- Abdomen pain
- Fluid around the lungs
- Muscle weakness
Symptoms of this disease usually do not show until the tumors have developed and spread throughout the body. It can take anywhere from 20-50 years after asbestos exposure for mesothelioma to fully develop and reveal itself. Due to this latency, many mesothelioma patients tend to be in their 60s or 70s.
If you or a loved one was unknowingly exposed to asbestos and is suffering from mesothelioma in Pittsburgh, PA, reach out to D’Amico Law Offices. Our lawyers will help you organize all the documents for your case to prove your exposure in the workplace.