3 Myths About Mesothelioma

Myth #1 Mesothelioma Only Impacts the Elderly

While it is true that the disease impacts the elderly disproportionately, this is because of the long latency period of asbestos. It typically takes between 10 and 50 years for mesothelioma to manifest. Statistics published by the CDC have indicated that mesothelioma rates are increasing in the 50 year age range. The youngest two people to be diagnosed with mesothelioma were both 13 years old. Sophie from Manchester England took a short cut on the way to school through an industrial yard was exposed and then again exposed at her primary school. The other 13 year old was exposed to asbestos in her town of Libby where owners of asbestos mines donated the extra dangerous vermiculite materials to local playgrounds

Myth #2 Asbestos Should Be Removed Immediately If Found

Many times it’s better to leave the asbestos undisturbed. Removal can disturb asbestos particles creating a greater danger of inhalation. The process of removal makes the asbestos friable where attempting to encapsulate the asbestos attempts to limit friability. This process should always be done by a professional. You should never attempt to remove or even encapsulate asbestos on your own.

Myth #3 Mesothelioma Is Another Term For Lung Cancer

While Mesothelioma is a type of cancer, it is very different from lung cancer. Unlike lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma does not impact the tissue of the lungs but rather the mesothelium or lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma tumors grow within the membrane making it very difficult to treat. There are also other types of mesothelioma which effect the lining of the abdomen, the heart and other vital organs, as well as the testicles.

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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