Florida Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of malignant mesothelioma cancer, and it affects the mesothelial cells that line the lungs.  Roughly 70 percent to 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases are pleural mesothelioma.  Pleural mesothelioma is predominantly caused by breathing in asbestos fibers, which then become lodged in the lungs.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma, our Florida mesothelioma lawyers may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation.  For a free asbestos mesothelioma claim evaluation, contact our Florida mesothelioma law firm.  We offer:

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Pleural Mesothelioma Symptoms

If you have been subjected to asbestos exposure and suspect that you may have breathed in asbestos fibers, it is a good idea to let your doctor know so that he or she can closely monitor your health for signs of pleural mesothelioma.  You may also want to be aware of the following pleural mesothelioma symptoms:

  • Lumps under the skin on the chest
  • Persistent chest pain or breathing pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Persistent, raspy cough
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Fatigue

Pleural mesothelioma is caused when the pleural membrane that surrounds the lungs thickens as the result of an over production of cells.  This can lead to a buildup of fluid around the lungs, decreased respiratory function, and the above pleural mesothelioma symptoms.

Pleural Mesothelioma in Florida

In a study titled Geographic patterns for pleural mesothelioma deaths in the United States, 1968-81, published in July 1987 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers examined pleural mesothelioma death rates by age, sex, and geographic area for the United States for the years 1968-81. The findings from that analysis showed that there was considerable geographic variation in the total number of deaths. However, one of the locations that researchers observed that had a high death rate for males from pleural mesothelioma was Florida. The scientists also noted that, “Females shared this geographic pattern to some extent.”

In a more recent study titled Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality in the United States, 1999–2001, published in the January-March 2006 edition of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, researchers analyzed demographic, geographic, and occupational distributions of deaths from mesothelioma in the United States from 1999–2001. They found 7, 524 deaths recorded in the National Center for Health Statistics multiple-cause-of-death records. The researchers observed that 520 of these deaths were Florida residents. In addition, the findings revealed clustering of elevated mortality rates in coastal counties in Florida.

Florida Asbestos Exposure Sites Resulting in Possible Pleural Mesothelioma

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) issued a press release dated April 13, 2005 in which they cited the former Zonolite and W.R. Grace & Co. vermiculite exfoliation plant in Tampa as a location where workers were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos from the 1950s to 1991. The problem resulted from the plant’s processing of vermiculite mined in Libby, Montana that contained asbestos.

ASTDR cautioned that not only were workers potentially exposed, but their families may have also been. Plant employees could have potentially carried home asbestos fibers on their hair and clothing. However, the level of exposure to which household members may have been subjected was not able to be calculated.

On December 13, 2005, the agency issued another press release that identified the hazards associated with Stauffer Chemical Co. site in Tarpon Springs.
The agency noted that, “Lung and mesothelioma cancer rates for men and women living in neighborhoods near the Stauffer Chemical Co. site in Tarpon Springs, Fla., were similar or lower than state-wide rates.”

These findings were the result of a cancer data review that ASTDR conducted in which 120 people living in the four census tracts nearest the Stauffer site were identified as having been diagnosed with lung or mesothelioma cancer.

Among the 120 people, nine men had mesothelioma cancer, but no women were diagnosed with mesothelioma. None of the patients with mesothelioma worked at the Stauffer plant.
“The cancer data review followed the agency’s 2003 public health assessment of the Stauffer Chemical Co. Superfund Site. In that report, ATSDR concluded that while in operation the plant was a public health hazard. The Stauffer facility closed in 1981.”

Contact a Florida Mesothelioma Attorney

Florida has one of the highest mesothelioma death rates in the country.  If you were exposed to asbestos on a Florida jobsite or are a Florida resident diagnosed with mesothelioma, a mesothelioma attorney from our firm may be able to help you recover compensation from the parties behind your asbestos exposure by filing a mesothelioma or asbestos lawsuit.  We invite you to contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Florida mesothelioma attorney.