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Mesothelioma is not a new disease it can take a long time to develop usually around 20 – 50 years.  It is a cancer which usually affects the lining of the lung (pleura) but it can also occur in the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum) and the heart (pericardium). The only known cause to this illness is the exposure to asbestos dust.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, also known as ‘diffuse’ or ‘malignant’ mesothelioma.

In the UK about 2500 people a year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. 6,932 cases of malignant pleural mesothelioma were recorded in England (6,642) and Wales (290) between 2014–16 (National Mesothelioma Audit Report 2018, Royal college of Physicans, Mesothelioma UK).

Both men and women can be diagnosed with this cancer but there are more cases of men having the diagnosis.

There are treatments available to control the symptoms of the illness and there are clinical trials for patients to find out if certain drugs and treatments work .

Getting Financial compensation.

If there has been a  diagnosis of mesothelioma within the last three years, or if a family member has passed away from mesothelioma within the last three years, then specialist solicitors can help you make a claim for mesothelioma compensation. The three-year time limit is from the date of the diagnosis or death – not the date the exposure took place.