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What Is the Difference Between Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer?

Causes, Treatment, and Prognosis

Most of us have heard about mesothelioma and lung cancer. However, many people think that lung cancer and mesothelioma are the same thing. Although they do have similar symptoms, they are actually entirely different diseases.

Were you or someone you loved diagnosed with mesothelioma? If so, you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the team of Houston personal injury lawyers at Bailey Cowan Heckaman, PLLC. We have extensive experience handling mesothelioma cases and will fight tirelessly to get you the justice you deserve. Call now for a free consultation: (855) 759-3558.

What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is an aggressive, often deadly form of cancer that typically forms around the lungs. It is a rare form of cancer, with only around 3,000 new cases being diagnosed each year in the U.S. Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos, a mineral made of microscopic fibers widely used in U.S. products and materials. 

Is Mesothelioma the Same As Lung Cancer?

No, mesothelioma is not the same as lung cancer. Although they are both forms of cancer, there are some key differences. While lung cancer develops inside the lungs and along the airways, mesothelioma develops in the “pleura,” or lining of the lungs. In less common cases, mesothelioma can also develop in the tissue lining the abdomen, known as the “peritoneum,” as well as the lining of the heart or testes.

Another key difference between lung cancer and mesothelioma is their cause. Lung cancer has many possible causes, such as smoking and environmental exposure. While lung cancer can be caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos, the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. 

How Does Asbestos Cause Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma occurs when asbestos fibers are inhaled and become embedded in the pleura or protective lining around the lungs. In cases of peritoneal mesothelioma, the asbestos is not inhaled but rather ingested and embedded in the lining of the abdomen. Over time, the fibers cause inflammation and scarring, which can then lead to cancer.

Where Is Asbestos Found?

In the past, asbestos was widely used in a wide range of products in the U.S. Although health concerns caused many manufacturers to cease its use, some products may still contain asbestos, including:

  • Automobile clutches
  • Brake linings pads
  • Imported cement pipe
  • Corrugated sheeting
  • Various roofing materials
  • Ceiling and floor tile
  • Flooring and carpet adhesive
  • Gaskets
  • Filters
  • Fireproofing textiles
  • Insulation
  • Ductwork

Who Is At Risk of Asbestos Exposure?

Since exposure to asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma, individuals with prolonged, heavy exposure to asbestos are most at risk of developing the disease. High-risk occupations for asbestos exposure include the following:

  • Automobile mechanics 
  • Aircraft mechanics
  • Construction workers
  • Demolition workers
  • Building inspectors
  • Painters
  • Textile workers
  • Pipefitters
  • Firefighters
  • HVAC technicians
  • Shipyard workers
  • Industrial workers
  • Boiler workers
  • Insulation installers
  • Ship Crewmembers
  • Machinists
  • Miners
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Teachers

What to Do If You Have Been Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

If you have recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you need to prepare for what lies ahead. Although some treatments are available, for many patients, a cure is not possible. Whether or not treatment is a viable option, filing a claim for compensation can help. You can afford the medical care you need, be compensated for your losses, and provide for you and your family.

To learn more about your legal rights and options following a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is best to consult with a skilled lawyer - one who has experience handling these often complex cases. An attorney will help you hold the responsibility accountable, whether it be an employer or a product or material manufacturer. No amount of money can replace your health or well-being, but it can give you some reassurance for your future and the financial security of your loved ones.

Speak with an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

At Bailey Cowan Heckaman, PLLC, our attorneys are driven by our desire to help those who have been seriously injured. Our legal team has a proven track record of securing favorable settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients, including those suffering from mesothelioma and other serious debilitation conditions. We feel a strong sense of responsibility to fight tirelessly on behalf of injured victims and ensure those responsible are held accountable for their actions. Contact us online or call (855) 759-3558 to schedule a free case review with a top personal injury lawyer in Houston.

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