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Asbestos exposure is the number one cause of malignant mesothelioma. Many industrial, construction and naturally accruing sites can expose you to asbestos fibers. Serpentine fibers and amphiboles are the 2 primary types of asbestos used. Chrysotile is a form of serpentine fiber and the most frequently used. These fibers are curly and flexible. Amphibole fibers, differ, they are mostly straight and thin and normally are made of one of five types: crocidolite, amosite, anthrophylite, tremolite, and actinolyte. The crocidolite type of Amphiboles is believed to be the leading factor in cancer caused by asbestos. Serpentine fibers are deadly also, but, they are linked to mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is one of the leading causes of cancer among veterans in the United States. The disease is most prevalent in veterans of the era of the 40s through to the 60s when the use of asbestos was wide spread in the construction of military equipment. Mesothelioma is a cancer that forms as a direct result of continuous exposure to asbestos particles. Upon inhalation, the asbestos particles find their way into the deep annals of the lungs where they become logged amongst the tissue and cells. Here they remain ant interact with antibodies released by the body as a direct result of the irritation caused by the asbestos particles and transform the surrounding cells into cancerous cells.
Mesothelioma is known as a silent killer or old people’s disease as a result of its incubation period. In its early stages, it presents similar symptoms to those of regular respiratory ailments and it can be treated long term as the wrong disease. As a result, when patients are diagnosed with mesothelioma, are in their older years and the disease is at an advanced stage.
Since 1994, the judicial system has seen a significant increase in the number of civil lawsuit cases involving mesothelioma. These cases involving disease of mesothelioma fall under the category of asbestos litigation and entails injuries incurred from the exposure to asbestos.
Anyone who has mesothelioma or knows someone who has mesothelioma knows the pain and suffering one has to endure from this deadly disease. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Even though this disease is quite rare, it is very serious and in most cases has a lethal outcome. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles, or they have been exposed to asbestos dust and fiber in other ways.