Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that people in Pennsylvania should be aware of. It’s most often linked with exposure to asbestos, a mineral found, among other places, in old building materials like tiling, shingles and drywall. Even second-hand exposure can lead to mesothelioma; families of those who work around asbestos have been known to develop the cancer.

The cancer usually begins in the tissues around the lung or abdomen, though it may sometimes start in the deep tissues of the lung and chest walls. Victims may experience shortness of breath, nausea, stomach pain and an overall weak, dizzy or tired feeling along with unintentional weight loss, usually as a result of a decreased appetite. In the early stages of mesothelioma, victims may feel as if there were a lump in their lungs.

These symptoms are by no means unique to mesothelioma. Shortness of breath and fatigue may be due to heart or lung disease, for example. Victims should also note that they may feel their symptoms in the chest area or the upper torso.

The moment they notice these symptoms, they should seek medical attention. They may undergo biopsies and medical examinations, and when they are diagnosed with mesothelioma, they may be presented with various treatment options, which could include chemotherapy or surgery.

Those who believe they have a valid mesothelioma case on their hands may want to consult with a lawyer. Whether they will be filing against an employer who let them be exposed to asbestos or against the maker of an asbestos-containing product, they may need that lawyer’s advice and guidance. The lawyer may have third-party investigators and medical experts come in to bring together evidence and determine how much money victims will need for treatments. The lawyer may then negotiate for a settlement.