Many patients diagnosed with mesothelioma face an additional challenge – finding an appropriate cancer treatment center for their particular diagnosis. Because mesothelioma is one of the rarer types of cancer, those seeking specialist treatment may have to travel some distance to access the best care.
Asbestos continues to be a concern because of its widespread use during the 1900s for both residential and commercial construction. While the dangers of asbestos have been widely known for centuries, the asbestos industry conspired to hide its hazards from the government and consumers for decades.
Mesothelioma is a particularly virulent type of cancer with one known cause – exposure to asbestos fibers. Approximately 80 percent of diagnosed mesothelioma cases can be definitively linked to asbestos exposure, generally over a long period of time, and usually in an occupational setting.