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Mesothelioma Misconceptions

Mesothelioma Misconceptions

There are many misconceptions surrounding mesothelioma regarding the causes and cures.

A common misconception is that a little bit of asbestos exposure does not cause mesothelioma. In fact, any amount of exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma. This myth likely came about because many people diagnosed with mesothelioma worked with asbestos frequently.

Some people also think that smoking may cause mesothelioma. This is also untrue, as asbestos exposure is the only currently known cause. Smoking does weaken the lungs, though, and can make it difficult for the body to get rid of asbestos fibers.
Another incorrect idea is that there is no treatment for mesothelioma. Mesothelioma patients have many treatment options, including surgery and chemotherapy. There is no cure for mesothelioma, but people diagnosed with this type of cancer can still lead fulfilling and comfortable lives. You can manage the symptoms of mesothelioma with prescription drugs, massage, or acupuncture.

Mesothelioma is also not exclusive to men. It occurs in both men and women exposed to asbestos, but it does affect men five times more often this women. This is probably because asbestos was especially prevalent when women were less likely to be in the workforce.

If you or a family member is dealing with a mesothelioma diagnosis, please contact the mesothelioma attorneys at Brown | Kiely, LLP. We help families affected by mesothelioma in Baltimore, Maryland and all over Washington, D.C.