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An In-depth Look at Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal mesothelioma is the name of the type of mesothelioma that typically occurs in the pericardium, otherwise known as the lining of the chest and abdominal cavity. These linings are present throughout the human body, allowing the internal organs to move smoothly as our bodies move. Developing cancer in these areas can be incredibly serious and should be treated immediately.

Like most forms of mesothelioma, the only known cause is asbestos exposure. This is not to say that people who have never been exposed to asbestos have not developed this type of cancer; however, it is the only known cause at this time. Asbestos can be inhaled or ingested, and is very difficult for the body to break down. While other foreign particles are usually rejected by the body through various digestive systems, asbestos fibers find their way into the lower digestive organs. From this point, the fibers begin to affect the peritoneum.

Over time, the asbestos fibers cause scar tissue to build up in this area. Cancerous tumors often develop around this scar tissue, making surgery the common treatment for this type of mesothelioma. If the cancer can be found it the early stages, there is a greater chance that it can be effectively treated. Unfortunately, mesothelioma often takes decades to fully develop and has little to no symptoms during these years.

A Mesothelioma Lawyer Can Help

If you’re facing a mesothelioma diagnosis and were exposed to asbestos due to someone else’s negligence, speak with a mesothelioma lawyer at Williams Hart to learn more about your legal rights. Call 800-781-3955.

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