An estimated 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesotheliomaeach year. Unfortunately, these diagnoses are often given when the cancer has already become advanced. While doctors and scientists are constantly searching for easier ways to diagnose mesothelioma, the disease can appear very similar to so many other conditions that it oftentimes goes undetected till it’s too late.
Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that is caused by the exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos is an extremely heat-resistant mineral that was used is multiple commercial industries in the past and is still being used in certain industries today. While employers were made aware of the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1930s, many employers didn’t make their employees aware of nor protect them from its hazards.
Unfortunately for mesothelioma sufferers, the disease may go without diagnosis for months and even years because of its early-onset symptoms which include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain or swelling in the chest or abdominal area
- Fluid in the lungs
- Unexpected weight loss
- Uncontrollable sweating
Because many of these symptoms also manifest themselves in a plethora of other conditions, doctors are searching for better ways to diagnose mesothelioma so it doesn’t go unnoticed.
If you or a loved one has discovered that you have mesothelioma, there are options that you can pursue to get compensation for your illness. Our Baltimore, Maryland mesothelioma attorneys can help determine if you’re liable for a settlement and will work tirelessly to get you some financial help. Please contact The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP today or call us at (410) 625-9330.