What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by asbestos. It most commonly occurs in the linings of the lungs or the abdomen.

01 Mar 2022

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The average life expectancy is 18 – 31 months after diagnosis, but prognosis may improve with treatment. Symptoms can include chest pain, shortness of breath and general fatigue.

Mesothelioma symptoms can take 10 – 50 years to emerge after initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms are often mistaken for less serious illnesses, which can complicate early diagnosis.

Common Symptoms can include;

  • Chest pain or abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fluid build up
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and night sweats
  • Weight loss

Around 80% of mesothelioma cases occur in men. This reflects the greater likelihood of men having worked with asbestos in heavy industry or the armed forces. In 2004–12, almost four times as many men as women had mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is mostly diagnosed in people aged over 70.

The Health and Safety Executive publishes mesothelioma mortality rates every year. Its data show that the annual number of deaths is now over 2,500 and is continuing to rise.

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Martyn Trenerry, a specialist in personal injury claims, said:

“If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our legal experts are here to help. We specialise in seeking justice and compensation for those who’ve suffered from mesothelioma, and their families.”


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