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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that usually affects the outer lining of the lungs, but may also develop around the heart, abdominal cavity, and other organs. What is peculiar about this form of cancer is that it is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. In other words, it is extremely rare for a person to develop mesothelioma without having been exposed to asbestos.
Many mesothelioma patients are able to trace their asbestos exposure to a former workplace or occupation. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, experienced Orlando mesothelioma attorney Stephen J. Knox can help you receive the compensation you deserve to help you pay for the medical costs associated with this devastating condition.
While it has been decades since asbestos has been regularly used in buildings and ships, the damage caused in the middle decades of the past century are still being felt today. Consider the following facts:
- Approximately 2,000 to 4,000 new cases of mesothelioma.
- Most individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma do not live more than 18 months after their diagnosis. Much of this has to do with the tendency of this cancer to become widespread long before symptoms become apparent.
- Most diagnoses occur in individuals age 55 and up.
- New cases are expected to increase for at least the next 10 to 20 years.
- People who have worked with asbestos insulation are 300 times more likely to die from mesothelioma than the average person.
- Mesothelioma may not develop for several decades after asbestos exposure.
- Males are far more likely to develop mesothelioma, due mainly to the greater likelihood of a male to work in asbestos-related industries. Males make up 85 percent of mesothelioma cases.
- While most countries have banned the use of asbestos and the manufacture of products that contain asbestos, there are over 5,000 products still in existence today that contain some amount of the hazardous substance.
- Over 100,000 schools in the United States still contain some amount of asbestos.
- Mesothelioma is most common among people who work in the ship building or repair industries.
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If you are a resident of the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida area and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please contact our Orlando personal injury office today to schedule a confidential consultation with Stephen J. Knox. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, and Zephyrhills.