Mesothelioma is a cancer of the abdomen with a median survival rate typically measured in months. The only known cause is exposure to asbestos, a substance that was widely used in industry through most of the twentieth century, despite its well-known dangers. Asbestos use is now strictly regulated, but because the disease takes ten to fifty years to incubate, people who worked with it decades ago are still being diagnosed today. Patients with work-related exposure to asbestos can still sue their former employers, or the suppliers of the asbestos, with the help of an experienced mesothelioma attorney.