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Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that may persist for 20 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos before it has obvious symptoms that will allow definitive diagnosis. Although there is no cure for the disease and the prognosis is generally poor, research continues to make substantial improvement in the development of alternative treatment options.

It is more common for these conditions to develop among those who have worked with asbestos, but it is also possible that family members were exposed to asbestos, for example, when work clothes were taken home for cleaning or when the family home was nearby a factory or site where asbestos was being used.

Can it be prevented?

Unfortunately, mesothelioma can be caused by inhaling just a small amount of asbestos. It also takes such a long time for symptoms to become apparent, making people unaware of their risk. Because of this, in the UK, those making a mesothelioma claim no longer have to prove a certain amount of exposure to asbestos in order to make a claim for mesothelioma compensation.

If you suspect that you may be at risk for mesothelioma, because of past exposure to asbestos, one thing you can do is go for regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor your health and identify any illness early. Refusing to engage in risky behaviours such as smoking can also reduce your risk of developing cancer.

What should you do if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma?

If you are specifically diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is almost certainly due to asbestos exposure and you may be owed some compensation. A decent asbestos solicitor will prioritise a mesothelioma case, and aim to help you secure compensation for your situation. Even if you cannot identify the previous employer responsible for your condition, in the UK, the government diffuse mesothelioma scheme will mean that you should be able to receive some financial security to mitigate your situation.