October 26, 2021

Mesothelioma

Washington Mesothelioma Lawyers

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer affecting the mesothelium, the thin layer of tissue that lines most of the body’s organs. The two most common types of mesothelioma affect either the pleural mesothelium (the mesothelium of the lung cavity) or the peritoneal mesothelium (the mesothelium of the abdominal cavity).

Danger Asbestos Warning SignAs with other types of cancer, mesothelioma occurs when a cell or number of cells mutates and divides uncontrollably.  A malignant mesothelioma may be made up of three different types of cells:

  • Epithelial Cells – The most frequent type, these cells account for about 50% of mesothelioma cases.  The cells are uniform and sharply defined and feature prominent nuclei, often forming complex branch-like patterns.
  • Sarcomatoid Cells – These spindle-shaped cells typically lack strong characteristics, occurring in approximately 30% of malignant mesothelioma cases.
  • Biphasic Cells – Cells are considered biphasic when both epithelial and sarcomatoid cells are present and each type accounts for at least 10% of the mass.  This type of cells accounts for about 20% of cases.

Mesothelioma is almost always caused by asbestos exposure. This typically happens in work environments where asbestos-containing materials have broken down and become airborne.  The thin asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, causing an increased risk of developing mesothelioma.

Even after the health risks of asbestos were publicized, numerous industries continued to use it in manufacturing and construction because of its strength and excellent fire-retardant properties.  It can take up to 50 years after asbestos exposure for symptoms of mesothelioma to appear; therefore, many cases go undiagnosed.

If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma in Washington, you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced Washington mesothelioma lawyers are ready to help. Call 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) for a free case evaluation.