Asbestos exposure is a concern that has long plagued varied industries, but it's a topic that holds unique significance for veterans and military personnel. If you've served in the military, particularly in the Navy, you may have been exposed to asbestos without realizing it.
Mesothelioma is a vicious disease caused by asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, during the 1940s-1970s, many companies and manufacturers knowingly used asbestos. Why would they do this? Well, as far as construction materials go, asbestos was brilliant. It was strong, fire-resistant, water-resistant, and affordable. For these reasons, many buildings were built with asbestos as insulation. The major problem, though, is that asbestos is highly toxic. Even though companies knew this, they used it anyway.
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos was widely used until the late 20th century due to its heat-resistant and insulating properties. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems, including mesothelioma. Because manufacturers who used asbestos knew about its toxicity, they can be held liable for the health consequences to employees.
Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis can be both scary and overwhelming. While taking care of your health is a top priority, there also comes a time when you need to consider the legal and financial aspects of your diagnosis. Unfortunately, medical treatments for mesothelioma can be exceptionally costly, and life expectancy following a diagnosis is often quite short.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer primarily caused by asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, then you probably have a lot of questions about what the future holds. One of the biggest queries you have is most likely about life expectancy, what impacts survivability, and how to treat it.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released potentially disturbing new data regarding an increase in the number of fatal malignant mesothelioma cases among women. In a report that was released on May 13, 2022, the CDC states that the number of deaths due to mesothelioma in women “significantly increased” from 489 in 1999 to 614 in 2020.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer. While patients suffering from this disease often face a grim prognosis, they must also make some tough choices regarding their treatment options. It’s sometimes difficult to weigh a treatment’s potential effectiveness against its likely impact on quality of life.
Two recent studies have provided additional insight into the value of taking a customized, preventative approach to mesothelioma treatments and how treatment choice may affect a patient’s quality of life.