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Mesothelioma FAQs

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Mesothelioma is a rare, deadly cancer related to inhaling asbestos fibers, usually on the job. Use this list of Mesothelioma FAQs to help you educate yourself about the likelihood of your asbestos exposure leading to a diagnosis of mesothelioma.

How do I know if I am at risk for developing mesothelioma?

If you work or worked in an industry that mined asbestos or asbestos-like fibers, or used it to manufacture products, you are likely to be at risk.

How long does mesothelioma take to show up after exposure?

The amount of asbestos you inhaled, over how long a period of time, the types and length of fibers you inhaled, and other factors can influence the time it takes mesothelioma to develop. In most cases, it can take 20 to 50 years.

Are there different kinds of mesothelioma?

Yes, mesothelioma can vary in its location and its symptoms. The most common forms are Pleural mesothelioma (chest) and Peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen). Review these links to learn the differences between pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma including symptoms, medical treatments and links to additional web resources.

How do I know if I have it?

Signs and symptoms can be very similar to other, less serious lung disorders. Only your doctor can determine for sure with certain tests that can give you a definite mesothelioma diagnosis. It is important to have a doctor who recognizes the signs and symptoms and understands the strong relationship of asbestos exposure to lung disease.

I’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma. What happens next?
  • The first thing to do is to make sure your doctor is willing to spend time identifying the latest mesothelioma treatments or can refer you to a doctor who will.
  • The next thing is to consider your mesothelioma legal rights (see below).
Mesothelioma lawyer help with mesothelioma lawsuit.

A list of Mesothelioma FAQs cannot be considered complete without advice on the important topic of your legal rights. If you’ve received a positive diagnosis, you should consider filing a mesothelioma lawsuit. But use a lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma cases. There are certain questions you should ask before you select a mesothelioma lawyer. See Choosing a Mesothelioma Attorney.

Asbestos attorney help with cancer lawsuit.

People who develop mesothelioma cancer may have legal recourse against those responsible for their exposure to asbestos. Because of this strong connection, you need an attorney who can help you understand what your legal options are. Qualified mesothelioma lawyers may also know about the latest clinical trials and have relationships with the leading physicians and medical experts working in the mesothelioma field.

Please contact us if you have questions or need more information. HendlerLaw represents individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Feel free to explore these Mesothelioma FAQs and the advice on this website. You can also visit our general website at to learn more about our firm, call us 24 hours a day at 1.800.443.6353 or e-mail us at