October 27, 2021

Mesothelioma

New Mexico Mesothelioma Attorneys

Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the mesothelium, is caused by the inhalation or ingestion of the mineral asbestos. Many New Mexico citizens have been affected by this fatal illness. The mortality rate for mesothelioma in New Mexico is 12.7 per million.

The mesothelium is a thin double-layered membrane that coats the outside of many of the body’s internal organs and cavities. These cavities include:

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  • Pleura – the thoracic (chest) cavity is covered by the pleural mesothelium
  • Peritoneum – the abdominal cavity is covered by the peritoneal mesothelium
  • Pericardium – the heart is covered by the heart sac (pericardial mesothelium)
  • Tunica vaginalis testis – the testes are covered by the tunica vaginalis testis mesothelium
  • Tunica serosa uteri – the internal reproductive organs of a female are covered by the tunica serosa uteri mesothelium

Although it is possible for all of these tissues to develop mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma is the most common. It occurs in 75% of all mesothelioma cases. Peritoneal mesothelioma is also fairly commonly occurring in about 20% of all cases. Pericardial mesothelioma occurs in about 5% of the cases.

Mesothelioma comes in three different histological cell types. Epithelial cells are more regular in size and shape. Their nuclei are well defined. Epithelial cells occur in the primary tissue, outer membranes. The epithelial cell type is more common, occurring in about 50-70% of cases. It is also less aggressive than the other cell types.

Sarcomatoid tissue is less uniform in character. It generally affects secondary tissue such as fat, bone and muscle cells. It occurs 10-15% of cases and is far more aggressive than epithelial mesothelioma.

Biphasic tissue is, as the name implies, a mix between the two other cell types.  Occurring in 20-40% of all cases, it generally occurs in areas where the two types might intermix. It is not as aggressive as sarcomatoid, but more so than epithelial.

If you or a loved one worked or lived in New Mexico and has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. Please speak with our experienced New Mexico mesothelioma lawyers by emailing or calling 1-877 LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) today for your free case evaluation.