Mesothelioma is a type of cancer centered in the mesothelium (the protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs), especially the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall. It can also begin in the lining of the abdominal cavity, in the heart, in the sac that surrounds the heart, or in other areas. Malignant mesothelioma spreads rapidly, often throughout the body. No known cure for mesothelioma exists.

Common mesothelioma symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pains
  • Dry coughs
  • Unusual lumps of tissue under the skin
  • Extreme weight loss
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling of the face and neck

Mesothelioma is linked to exposure to asbestos, a mineral fiber once widely used in construction, shipbuilding, the oil and plastics industry, the automotive industry, and in many consumer products. A person diagnosed with mesothelioma is likely a victim of negligence on the part of an outside party, and deserves compensation for his or her injury. Contacting a mesothelioma attorney is the best way to find representation and obtain compensation.