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What is Mesothelioma? Description From a Mesothelioma Trial Lawyer

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Mesothelioma is a very, very rare form of cancer of the lining of your lung. We have a very amazing, saran wrap-like material that covers our lungs. It allows us, when we breathe, for our chest cavity to expand and contract without causing injury to the organs. It’s really quite incredible. And, unfortunately, what happens in the case of somebody with Mesothelioma is that the cancer develops in that saran wrap-like lining. It’s a very thin layer of cells, and so what often happens is the cells develop into tumors, and those tumors become diffused and spread over the mesothelial lining of the lung and cause, unfortunately, very difficult breathing problems for people that are diagnosed with Mesothelioma. It is, sadly, an incurable form of cancer. It is treatable, but it is incurable. One of the things that are really unique about Mesothelioma is that it’s called a ‘signature disease’. And the reason why it’s called the signature disease is because there’s only one known cause that the weight of the scientific evidence supports, and that is exposure to asbestos. So when somebody is diagnosed with Mesothwlioma, the question is not whether they were exposed to asbestos in their lifetime; it’s how and when.