July 21, 2019

Mesothelioma

Idaho Mesothelioma Lawyers

Malignant mesothelioma, an uncommon carcinoma, is caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, Idaho residents have been exposed to asbestos in their occupation. Although the symptoms of mesothelioma can take up to thirty to fifty years to be realized, many companies knew of the risks associated with asbestos exposure and still put their workers in unsafe conditions.

Mesothelioma develops in the mesothelium, a thin epithelial lining the outside of most of the body’s internal organs. The three most common types of mesothelioma develop on the mesothelium lining the:

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  • Chest cavity – Pleural mesothelioma affects the mesothelium lining the chest cavity. This is the most common form of mesothelioma. Three of four diagnosed cases of mesothelioma are pleural.
  • Abdominal cavity – Peritoneal mesothelioma affects the mesothelium lining the abdominal cavity. This is the second most common form of mesothelioma. One of five cases of mesothelioma diagnosed is peritoneal.
  • Heart sac – Pericardial mesothelioma affects the mesothelium surrounding the heart. This is the most rare form of mesothelioma. One in twenty diagnosed cases of mesothelioma is pericardial.

Currently, pleural mesothelioma is the only mesothelioma with a relatively well-defined pathology. Oncogenesis is thought to occur by a number of mechanisms. When asbestos fibers are phagocytosed into cells, they are thought to interact with chromosomes, interfering with normal chromatin function. This can cause monosomy in chromosome 22. In other words, chromosome 22 only has one copy.

Additionally, asbestos fibers are thought to mediate the uptake and incorporation of foreign DNA into the genome leading to the inactivation of tumor suppressor genes, activation of oncogenes and proto-oncogenes and the activation of telomerase leading to apoptotic suppression.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma after living or working in Idaho, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact our experienced Idaho mesothelioma lawyers by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) today for your free case evaluation.