Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that is almost always caused by asbestos exposure and is most commonly found in the mesothelium (the outer lining of the lungs). Most people who develop mesothelioma contract this cancer through breathing in asbestos fibers or being exposed to asbestos dust while on the job. In cases when the mesothelioma is found in a person without occupational exposure, it is summized that exposure may have resulted from asbestos fibers found on clothing someone in your house who has worked in the area where the asbestos dust is found.
There are numerous reasons that make diagnosing mesothelioma in its early stages is very hard. Symptoms of mesothelioma cancer can have a latency period of anywhere between 20 to 50 years after initial asbestos contact, which means that the time symptoms begin to appear, the cancer is already in its advanced stage. Once the symptoms are there, the diagnosis is still not a fast and simple process. There are many diseases that mirror the symptoms found in patients with mesothelioma and because mesothelioma is often the last stop - usually without mentioning the possibility of the patient's previous exposure to asbestos.
The success of treatment for mesothelioma depends on the stage of the cancer is detected. As it was found that the majority of mesothelioma is not detected until the advanced stages, treatment for asbestos mesothelioma is often referred to as "unsuccessful." Studies show that when you are inside Stage I or Stage II of mesothelioma cancer, treatment for it - usually with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy - successfully expanding patient's life for five years at a rate of 74.6% (Wikipedia). With conventional treatments, there are some alternative forms of therapy that can be used in combination, which may shown on occasion to reduce the size found in mesothelioma patients.
Asbestos was used for many years in a wide range of household and industrial products due to its multiple uses and types. It is non-flammable, and can also be used as an insulator, allowing it to become very popular during the Industrial Revolution period. It isn't known whether or not people are aware of the dangers of asbestos fibers at that time, but by the 1900's asbestos risk is all the more apparent. People who lived in mining towns will develop problem with lungs, and some general studies are showing that asbestos workers died at an early age.
Asbestos in undisturbed condition, does not appear to pose a threat. However, as soon as it becomes friable or damaged, the fibers could be ingested, thus potentially leading to these or other health problems. While some companies have been aware of that danger, they are continue to work with asbestos related products, regardless of its employees. This blatant injustice are the reason for popularity in the field of mesothelioma litigation.