Mesothelioma is a kind of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. A lot of people know this much. However, there are so many things that mesothelioma isn’t but because of the lack of awareness, there are a lot of misconceptions that arise from it.
The danger with believing in misconceptions is that you get the wrong picture about mesothelioma and this can affect the recovery of someone who has it. Not a lot of people are knowledgeable when it comes to this disease, so if you know someone who has mesothelioma, it would be best to advise them to consult a doctor about the facts.
To help you understand more about mesothelioma, here are seven myths about it.
1. It only affects people who are directly exposed to asbestos
Although people who are directly exposed to asbestos face a higher risk of getting mesothelioma, this doesn’t mean that you cannot get affected indirectly. This is because asbestos is a fibrous material found in manufacturing sites because it’s used as a heat-resistant barrier for their machines and storages. The fact that it’s fibrous means that it can stick to clothing and bags. When someone directly exposed to asbestos interacts with other people, the other party can also get affected. The fibrous material can get passed on and inhaled and this can already be considered as direct exposure.
What you have to know about exposure to mesothelioma is that it isn’t confined to manufacturing sites. There are other items that need a heat-resistant material which makes use of asbestos.
2. It’s contagious
The only thing contagious about mesothelioma is the fact that it’s fibrous and it can be inhaled by someone who interacts with someone else who is directly exposed to asbestos. However, when it comes to mesothelioma being contagious in itself is not true. It also isn’t hereditary because you cannot pass asbestos exposure to your offspring.
3. It’s a kind of lung cancer
No, mesothelioma is not a kind of lung cancer. It just so happens that one of the types of mesothelioma involves the lining of the lungs. This is called pleural mesothelioma and is the most common among the three types. The other types are called peritoneal which involves the abdomen and pericardial which involves the heart. There are rare cases when mesothelioma can affect the linings of other internal organs as an effect of the damage already caused by the cancer cells to your body.
4. Asbestos is banned in the United States
Although there are states that banned the use of asbestos, there are other states that have regulated it. It is not completely banned in the United States because there are other legal ways of using it.
5. Companies didn’t know the harmful effects of asbestos
Although the technology was not that advanced during the Industrial Revolution where the demand for asbestos was high, doctors were already studying the effects of asbestos exposure because of several cases where people were sick due to it.
6. Mesothelioma affects old people
This myth could have started with the fact that mesothelioma only shows after 20-50 years after direct exposure. No wonder why a lot of old people have it, right? Its symptoms are not easily seen and if they are, they can easily be mistaken for symptoms of other cancers. Examples of its symptoms are fatigue, fever, shortness of breath, and weight loss.
These symptoms can easily be mistaken for symptoms of other illnesses so doctors have to be sure and conduct a series of tests to know whether or not it is mesothelioma. The screening and assessment take a while as well.
7. It’s easy to win a mesothelioma case
For any legal case, it can and will be easy if you hired the best attorneys and if you have solid proof and arguments. Winning a mesothelioma case can be easy, but this is not always a guarantee. If you know that you may have been exposed to mesothelioma through work or other enforced circumstance, you can contact Belluck & Fox, LLP to help advise you on your next course of legal action.
Your attorney will be of great help in moving your case forward. However, don’t expect that it can be an easy win because you will also be facing big corporations and insurances that are not willing to settle at a high price.