What is Mesothelioma?
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of asbestos cancer that most often attacks the lungs and abdomen.
Most have never heard of malignant mesothelioma. Yet when you or someone you love has received a mesothelioma diagnosis, trying to understand this medically complicated asbestos cancer can be an overwhelming process. At the Simmons Law Firm, our lawyers have worked with thousands of patients and families affected by malignant mesothelioma.
On this website we try to give you as much malignant mesothelioma information as possible. However, if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or diseases linked to asbestos, we strongly recommend you consult your physician or find a mesothelioma specialist by reaching out to an organization like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation for the most accurate mesothelioma information.
Each year, nearly 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma. Virtually all cases of malignant mesothelioma are linked to asbestos.
So what is mesothelioma? Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that most often occurs in the thin membrane lining the lungs, chest and abdomen. Malignant mesothelioma attacks the membranes, called mesothelium, that surround and protect vital organs like the lungs and heart. These cancerous mesothelioma cells can metastasize (spread) quickly to other parts of the body.
There are several types of mesothelioma, including:
Malignant mesothelioma is a particularly dangerous disease because it has a very long latency period. Mesothelioma symptoms may not appear for 10, 20 or even 40 years after exposure to asbestos. In addition, once symptoms do appear mesothelioma progresses quickly. Many victims die within two years of being diagnosed with mesothelioma.