What is Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer directly linked to asbestos exposure. This form of cancer typically occurs in the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, or heart. In the U.S. there are about 3,200 people diagnosed each year with mesothelioma — and about 33% of those are U.S. military veterans.

Mesothelioma Causes

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Before 1980, asbestos was a popular material used in thousands of products due to its heat resistance, strength, and relatively low cost. It could be found on nearly every U.S. military base and Navy ship. However, when asbestos-containing products are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers can be released into the air. These fibers, which often look like dust, are easily inhaled or swallowed. Once in the body, asbestos fibers can settle in the lungs or stomach and cause mesothelioma to develop.


Mesothelioma Symptoms

Symptoms of mesothelioma can take as long as 20-50 years to appear. Though there is currently no cure, early detection offers the best chance for a positive outcome. If you experience any of the following symptoms, meet with your doctor as soon as possible.

  • A mass in the abdomen
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Anemia
  • Ascites (abnormal build up of fluid in the abdomen)
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Chest pain
  • Chills and fever
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Hoarseness
  • Lower back pain
  • Persistent cough
  • Pleural effusion (fluid surrounding the lung)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Compensation Available

Special court-ordered trusts, estimated at over $30 Billion, have been set up to provide money for mesothelioma victims and their families. This money can be used to help cover the high costs of hospital bills and medical treatment, lost wages, and suffering.

Don’t let unpaid medical bills pile up and place a financial strain on you and your loved ones. Prioritize possible financial security and file an asbestos claim through the Center for Veteran Justice.