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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they attack the wall lining the inside of the abdomen, heart or lungs, which leads to mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma symptoms can take decades to surface, so those affected often do not receive the proper mesothelioma diagnosis until the cancer is far advanced.

Mesothelioma lawsuits filed by workers have helped prove that many companies knowingly put their employees at risk for mesothelioma by allowing them to work in environments with a high risk of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos was most commonly used from the 1940s to the 1970s. During this time, more than 27 million Americans were exposed to the cancer-causing asbestos products without even knowing of the link between asbestos, mesothelioma and other diseases, including asbestosis and lung cancer. Recent asbestos lawsuits have helped hold companies accountable for failing to warn employees of this link.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Mortality Rates

Those between the ages of 50 and 70 are most commonly diagnosed with mesothelioma. Some mesothelioma treatments do exist, but there is no cure for this type of cancer. When mesothelioma is diagnosed early, these treatment options are more successful.

Doctors often struggle to make the correct diagnosis, as the symptoms of mesothelioma are shared with a number of other illnesses. Patients who receive a mesothelioma diagnosis usually survive between one and five years.

Attorneys in the United States file roughly 3,000 cases every year, making asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits the most successful mass tort in the nation’s history.

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