Before we go into details of peritoneal and abdominal mesothelioma, we should briefly discuss the history of asbestos use.
This material is the single proven cause for the development of all forms of mesothelioma. For a whole spectrum of different purposes, asbestos has been used by many different cultures. For instance, it was processed into lotions which were used by the Egyptians and Persians to prepare the bodies of their dead people.
Asbestos was believed to come from the hair of a small and mysterious animal, that lived by fire and could not get in touch with water. All throughout the past centuries and decades, the material found widespread use in a wide array of products and items. One of the reasons that made is so popular was the fact that it was very easy to mine and manufacture. For example, here are a few items that can contain asbestos: floor tiles, ceiling tiles, house sidings, roof shingles and pipe insulation. And we still see many public buildings as well was regular homes made of or using asbestos materials to some extent.
Now, let’s look into abdominal and peritoneal mesothelioma in more detail. There is no difference between the two expressions. ‘Abdominal’ is the more casual term, but it means ‘peritoneal’, which is derived from peritoneum. The peritoneum is a lining that functions as a membrane, and it covers a number of internal organs in the human abdomen. The vast majority of new peritoneal mesothelioma diagnoses is for men between the age of 50 and 70. Less than 20% of all registered patients are women. The diagnosis of this type of cancer is just as difficult as it is for all variations of mesothelioma in general. After a thorough physical examination, the patient will undergo an x-ray, Cat-Scans and PET-Scans. But eventually, the only way to diagnose abdominal mesothelioma conclusively is via a biopsy and the pathology.
A patient who has been diagnosed with peritoneal or abdominal mesothelioma, should see an asbestos lawyer as soon as possible. This might be the last thing anyone who just received a cancer diagnosis wants to do, but it is important. Because chances are that there might suffice evidence that the asbestos induced disease was caused by another party’s misconduct or neglect. Make sure that you find a mesothelioma lawyer who focuses on asbestos cases. And absolutely check whether he’s licensed or not. The Internet is a great starting point to conduct your on background check on the lawyers you have identified, prior to arranging a face to face meeting with them.
Further to that, a good lawyer will offer to meet with you for no charge to give you advice on your legal grounds in filing a compensation claim for your asbestos injuries.