What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural fibrous material that is used as ingredients in a host of commercial and household products, primarily for its insulating and fire-retardant properties. Exposure to asbestos has been conclusively linked to mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Read more here.
How do I know if I’ve been exposed to asbestos?
Asbestos was used in the manufacture of thousands of products before 1990 and is still used in some automotive and construction products. Exposure occurs when microscopic asbestos fibers are released into the air – either during the manufacture of asbestos-containing products or when asbestos-containing materials deteriorate or are disturbed – and then inhaled. Millions of people around the world have been exposed to asbestos. Read more here.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the body’s internal organs. The disease is often difficult to diagnose, and treatment is difficult. Exposure to airborne asbestos particles increases the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma and is the most common cause of the disease. Read more here.
How long does it take for mesothelioma to develop after exposure to asbestos?
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases take a long time to develop; the majority of victims become sick between 20 and 50 years after exposure. The higher and more prolonged the levels of exposure, the more likely an individual is to develop mesothelioma. However, no safe level of exposure to asbestos exists. Read more here.
What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?
Each type of mesothelioma is associated with specific symptoms, though some of these overlap. However, these symptoms – chronic coughing, chest pain, breathing difficulties – also occur with many other types of illness, which makes diagnosing mesothelioma a difficult proposition and can delay an individual from seeking treatment. Read more here.
Can mesothelioma be treated?
Mesothelioma is difficult to treat, a problem compounded by the fact that most cases are diagnosed in later stages, when treatment options are fewer. Standard treatments for mesothelioma include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, though new and experimental treatments are constantly being researched and tested in clinical trials. Some victims have reported positive results from alternative therapies as well. Read more here.
How can I be sure I have the best doctors to treat my condition?
Many hospitals and treatment centers have been working with mesothelioma patients for the last 30-40 years. Smaller hospitals may not have much experience with the disease, however, and some hospitals that treat cancer patients may not have any mesothelioma specialists on staff. The Mesothelioma Options Help Center can put you in touch with qualified specialists and arrange for you to see them. Read more here.
What are my legal rights?
Because the health effects of asbestos were known well before the substance was removed from common products, and because millions of workers have been exposed to the deadly substance, people with asbestos-related disease have been able to seek – and obtain – financial relief in the courts. It is important to find a mesothelioma attorney who is experienced in litigating mesothelioma cases and who will work closely with you and your family. Read more here.
How can I get more information?
The Mesothelioma Options Help Center is dedicated to providing you with comprehensive and easy to understand information about mesothelioma as well as your legal and financial options. The Center also maintains an up-to-date news archive that includes important new developments on the medical, legal and regulatory fronts. Bookmark the site and visit us frequently. We also offer a free information packet that includes detailed and useful answers to many additional questions you may have.