When most people discuss mesothelioma, they may accidentally spread false information. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about this condition, how it occurs and treatment options.
Understanding the truth about mesothelioma and asbestos will help you if you are diagnosed with this condition and allow you to take advantage of the legal options available.
Myth: Smoking and mesothelioma are linked
Smoking isn’t linked to this condition, and it does not increase your risk of the condition. Mesothelioma is a disease of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a lining that covers certain organs in your body like the heart, abdominal cavity and lungs. Smoking is a cause of lung cancer, while mesothelioma doesn’t form in the lung.
Myth: The only way to develop mesothelioma is by working with asbestos
The most common way mesothelioma is developed is through occupational exposure. However, there are other ways you may inhale or ingest this substance. You may live close to an asbestos processing plant or mine. This is referred to as environmental exposure. You may also be in contact with someone who worked with asbestos, which could result in secondhand exposure.
Myth: Mesothelioma is a condition that only affects men
Men are commonly diagnosed with mesothelioma because they are more likely to work a job where asbestos exposure is prevalent than women. However, for peritoneal mesothelioma is about half men and half women.
Understanding the truth about mesothelioma
Knowing the truth about mesothelioma is important. This is especially true if you plan to file a lawsuit against a party at fault for the development of your disease. After all, to have a chance of a successful outcome, it’s important to know the facts.