July 19, 2019

Mesothelioma

Kentucky Malignant Mesothelioma Attorneys

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the mesothelium, a membrane that lines the outside of many internal organs, which affects thousands in Kentucky and throughout the US. The mesothelium has two layers that contain a lubricating fluid between them that provide a cushion for the organs as well as flexibility for organ movement.

The mesothelium has a different name depending on the organ that it protects:

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  • The peritoneum covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity.
  • The pleura surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity.
  • The pericardium protects the heart.
  • The tunica vaginalis testis covers the male internal reproductive organs.
  • The tunica serosa uteri protects the internal reproductive organs in women.

The most commonly occurring form of mesothelioma affects the pleura. The peritoneum also commonly develops mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma, like all cancers, occurs when a cell or a number of cells become mutated to the point at which they no longer respond to the cellular controls in place to prevent cells from dividing too rapidly. The tumor cells then become able to call blood vessels to them to vascularize the tumor in a process called angiogenesis. These new blood vessels are able to transport cancerous cells away from the tumor leading to malignancy.

Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by asbestos damage to the lungs and mesothelial cells. There are very few cases of mesothelioma that occur independently from asbestos exposure. Although smoking is not believed to cause mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos in combination with smoking has been shown to greatly increase instances of cancer of the respiratory system including mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos, please call 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) or contact our experienced Kentucky mesothelioma lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.