Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer that occurs due to asbestos exposure. Once a popular building and manufacturing material, we know now how dangerous asbestos can be.
Most people would not willingly live or work in a space that contains asbestos, but due to “economic concerns” the stuff is not technically banned in the United States. The history of asbestos use is a shameful one involving many years of cover-ups, and people who have developed mesothelioma after asbestos exposure have a difficult time getting recompense.
The reason mesothelioma is so dangerous is that it may not develop for up to 20 years after asbestos exposure, and it is often asymptomatic in the early, treatable stages.
Once it has been diagnosed, the prognosis for the patient is typically not good. If you have ever worked directly with asbestos or think you may have lived or worked in a building that contained it, read on to learn the clues that point to this virulent form of cancer.