5 Myths About Mesothelioma

Myth #1 Mesothelioma Only Affects Senior Citizens

Because mesothelioma typically takes 10 to 50 years to manifest the largest demographic of those suffering from mesothelioma are over the age of 65 but it’s a misconception to say that they’re the only ones. There are a growing number of individuals much younger who have been devastated by the disease. Unfortunately, we have come across cases in our practice where young girls who helped their fathers with clothing contaminated with asbestos from the job site be subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma. The worrying trend is also a product of asbestos in schools that are failing to properly contain the mineral and preventing disturbances which can lead to deadly exposure.

Myth #2 It’s Caused by Smoking

Smoking does not cause mesothelioma, nor does smoking make you more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma. This misconception may exist because smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a greater chance of being diagnosed with lung cancer

Myth #3 Only Long Term Exposure Causes Mesothelioma

While long term exposure does increase the chances of a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is not required. Modern medical surveys and the Environmental Protection Agency have said in no uncertain terms that there is no safe level of exposure.

Myth #4 Mesothelioma Only Impacts the Lungs

Approximately 75% of all cases are pleural or based in the lungs but there are several other forms. The next most common type is peritoneal which impacts the lining of the abdomen. Pericardial mesothelioma which effects the lining of the heart is a rarer form which impacts approximately 1% of those diagnosed. Even rarer than pericardial is the testicular form (men) as well as the papillary form (women).

Myth #5 Asbestos is Banned in the United States

Although over 55 countries have banned the deadly mineral, the United States still actively imports asbestos into the country. While many new uses have been banned by the US Government there are still certain permitted applications.

The Paul Law Firm advocates for victims of asbestos-related diseases. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma, call the Paul Law Firm. With over 2.5 billion dollars collected for victims of asbestos exposure, we have the knowledge and the experience to fight for you. We also understand that fighting doesn’t just happen in the courtroom. It also happens in a lab where we are fighting for a cure. Check out the Mesothelioma Research Foundation of America here.

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