Author Attorney Jason W. Konvicka
"Mesothelioma" is a rare form of cancer that typically involves the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) and the lining of the heart (pericardium). The only known cause of this cancer is exposure to asbestos.
The recent increase of mesothelioma advertisements is due in part to the unusually long latency period between the exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma. The National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control estimate that latency period to be between 30 and 50 years. Asbestos use in the United States peaked in 1973 when an estimated 1.6 trillion pounds were used. Thus, when you consider…