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I hate bandwagons and have gotten really tired of the lawyers ads on tv for mesothelioma and frankly all the stupid websites out there jumping on this bandwagon.  So I decided to finally figure out just what the hell mesothelioma is and why everyone is going on and on about it.

So it turns out, Mesothelioma is a rare form of lung cancer and has been linked causally to exposure to asbestos.  I guess this explains why the lawyers ads seem to target construction workers and others who could have been exposed to asbestos.

What the hell is asbestos?  I mean, yeah, it’s like some kind of building material that was used as insulation but what’s so bad about it.  At one time in the United States, if you were building something, it was the number one product for fire retardant and insulation so it would be in walls, ceilings, around pipes, etc.  It hasn’t been used in a new building since around the time that doctors put together that kids that ate lead paint off the wall could become retarded.  So yeah, we get that it’s bad stuff – basically the scientists have worked out that inhaling asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, a lung disease like severe pneumonia or mesothelioma, malignant lung cancer.

But the point of this article is why everyone is jumping on the mesothelioma bandwagon and I think it’s primarily because of one thing — class action lawsuits.  See, the class action lawsuit has changed the consumer landscape.  There’s so much money out there for the lawyers to grab – think one third of a billion dollars that they will pay every media outlet available to get the 1 in a million shot of someone who can actually link their lung cancer to asbestos.  And of course, with lawyers willing to pay big bucks for a lottery ticket, step in Google Adsense.  I read somewhere that lawyers are paying upwards of $10-$15 per click on mesothelioma ads.  Holy shit batman!!  So this explains why every dick and harry has made some stupid mesothelioma landing page–just hoping that someone will come along and make a click to a lawyer’s ad.  God, don’t you just love this country!

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