Mesothelioma has been called a signature disease, a signature of asbestos exposure. So what does that mean? Joe Williams, a mesothelioma trial attorney in New York City, going to answer this question by explaining what a signature disease is.
So a doctor or scientist, a physician, whenever they see a patient with mesothelioma they immediately think asbestos exposure. And why is that? That’s because mesothelioma is a signature disease. The disease bears the signature of exposure to asbestos. So every physician who is evaluating a patient’s case — mesothelioma case — will immediately be looking for asbestos exposures.
The known and widely accepted cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. That means that all the physicians know to a certainty that particular patient who’s been diagnosed with mesothelioma was exposed to asbestos. Now sometimes patients think well mesothelioma is a form of cancer. What kind of things have I done in my life that could have caused me to get cancer? They start thinking about things like smoking cigarettes.
Well I can tell you that there’s no doctor in the world that would say that smoking cigarettes caused mesothelioma because it doesn’t. They think, well, I was exposed to a lot of chemicals or I was out in the sun. Or we tend to think about all the things that we know are known carcinogens. But mesothelioma is a very unique cancer.
Only 2,000 cases diagnosed per year in the United States.
And the widely accepted cause of mesothelioma is asbestos, not these other things that sometimes we think of. So persons exposed to asbestos fibers, it takes years and years for the asbestos fibers to cause malignant mesothelioma and you’re in this position of years later chasing back what your possible exposures to asbestos could have been.
Well, I encourage you to call my office. I’m Joe Williams and we answer questions for mesothelioma victims every day. We represent mesothelioma victims and their families in court every day and we can answer your questions.