Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that primarily affects the external lining of the lung (the pleura) and the lining of the lower digestive tract (the peritoneum.) Unfortunately many cases of Mesothelioma are diagnosed at a later stage of development as the symptoms are usually non specific, and usually appear late in the disease’s development. Advanced stage as symptoms are non specific and appear late in the development of the disease.
Mesothelioma is almost always fatal with most of those affected usually dying within twelve months of diagnosis. Asbestos is responsible for causing the vast majority of Mesothelioma cases in Great Britain.
There are currently about 4 times as many deaths in men as there are in women each year. This is largely a reflection of the fact that past asbestos exposures that caused many of these deaths tended to occur in occupational settings, and in jobs mainly held by men rather than women. Although still caused by asbestos, a minority of currently occurring female deaths are directly attributable to occupational exposures.
The continuing increase in annual Mesothelioma deaths is a consequence of the effect of past exposures and the long latency period of the disease (the time between initial asbestos and the appearance of Mesothelioma) which is typically between 20 to 50 years.
Asons Solicitors suggest that if someone would like to learn more about asbestos related illnesses, or if they would like to better understand the Mesothelioma claims process, that information is available at www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 01204 521 133
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