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Posted on February 8th, 2011,
by Zane Cagle

Mesothelioma in St. Louis, Missouri?

Posted on February 8th, 2011 by Zane Cagle

While most of us have heard the word “Mesothelioma”, many of us do not know what it is. According to Asbestos.com, Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is no usually diagnosed until the later stages, therefore, the average length of survival reported in the last five years is 10-11 months after diagnosis. Here are some more facts about Mesothelioma:

  • Most mesothelioma patients are exposed to asbestos through the workplace. A small percentage is family members who have been exposed when the worker brought home fibers on his or her clothes or person.
  • Early detection of the mesothelioma symptoms do not arise until later stages of development, therefore, mesothelioma patients are not usually detected until the later stages of cancer development.
  • Early detection of the cancer can greatly improve the patient’s prognosis as more treatment options are available in the earlier stages of cancer development
  • Many mesothelioma patients are veterans due to widespread exposure experienced while in the services
  • Not everyone exposed to asbestos develops asbestos-related diseases but extended exposure increases a person’s possibility
  • Mesothelioma can be developed through secondary exposure
  • Short-term exposure to large amounts of asbestos can also cause mesothelioma such as in emergency workers at the World Trade Center attacks.

Some related numbers:

  • Approx. 2,000-3,000 new cases are reported each year in the U.S. alone and more than 10,000 reported worldwide
  • 3 times more men than women develop the disease
  • 20-50 years is the latency period
  • Average age of mesothelioma patient is 65 years old
  • 5-year relative survival rate for mesothelioma patients is about 10 percent, the 1-year survival rate stands around 40 percent

Mesothelioma symptoms can include the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Bloody mucus
  • Fluid surrounding the lung
  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Blood clots

While no amount of money can replace a loved one, a St. Louis personal injury attorney can help in such a traumatic time as a mesothelioma diagnosis. An attorney can represent your financial interests and assist you in looking out for your rights and the financial well being of your family while you focus all of your efforts on fighting the disease. As asbestos is almost always absorbed through a work situation, it is important to hold individual companies accountable. If you believe you or a loved one has an asbestos related injury, please call Zane T. Cagle at The Cagle Law Firm for your free consultation 1(314) 276-1681