Mesothelioma is probably one of the most serious types of occupational illnesses. It is a rare form of cancer, so there are many misconceptions surrounding it. If you are a worker who has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you should be armed with all the important facts in order to make informed medical decisions. In this post St. Louis work related injury lawyer, James Hoffmann will debunk some of the common myths surrounding mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma develops in the lungs only
Mesothelioma is of four types, and is named after the mesothelium where it develops. Pleura mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma, and develops in the lining of the lungs. It affects three out of four mesothelioma patients. The second most common form is peritoneal mesothelioma, and the remaining two are Tunica Vaginalis and Pericardial mesothelioma, which are extremely rare.
Only direct, prolonged asbestos exposure puts a worker at risk
Most people who develop mesothelioma are men who worked in industries where asbestos is frequently used. This means, the number of women who are exposed to asbestos at work would be limited. Although women are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, but most of these are cases of secondary exposure.
Secondary exposure or indirect exposure can occur in a variety of ways, such as when a woman does laundry or greets her husband after work.
U.S. is now Mesothelioma risk free
Asbestos is not as widely used as it once was, however, it is still not banned in the country. So, it is possible to be still exposed to it. Today, new products are not allowed to contain asbestos, but products that used asbestos prior to 1989 is still allowed to continue as long as it does not use spray applied asbestos.
There is no treatment available for Mesothelioma
We all know that mesothelioma is fatal, however, it does not mean that there are no treatment options available. Although there is still no cure available for mesothelioma, they can improve the quality of life of the patient.
Treatment options depend on two factors:
- Age of the patient
- Stage of the cancer when diagnosis is made
The sooner is diagnosis is made, the more treatment options available. Some of the most common treatments used include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Many new options are under clinical trials.
Smoking can cause mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs. However, it has nothing to do with smoking. Asbestos related lung cancer is a reality, and people who smoke are more likely to be diagnosed with this form of cancer, which is completely unrelated to mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is linked to asbestos exposure and there is no connection to smoking.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other occupational illness, you should speak to a competent St. Louis workers compensation lawyer and discuss your rights.