Asbestos can be very dangerous, especially for people whose jobs require long term exposure. Although there is no ban on its use, there are many applications that have been banned. It’s not longer mined in the United States but some American companies still import it and use it. Unfortunately, many victims across our nation suffer from the effects of this hazardous chemical. Studies have shown asbestos exposure can increase the risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and cancers of the ovaries and larynx. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer due to asbestos exposure, contact our talented personal injury lawyers.
Medical research demonstrates that asbestos and lung cancer are closely linked. It’s a great risk for workers dealing with this chemical. This human carcinogen becomes trapped in the lungs when inhaled. When workers are exposed to asbestos for a long time, they may experience inflammation and scarring. In the worst of cases, lung cancer may also develop. Studies show that each year of exposure can increase the risk of lung cancer as much as 4 percent. The more asbestos fibers, the higher the risk of contracting lung cancer.
This cancer is rare but very common on people exposed to asbestos at work. People living close to asbestos factories and mines are also at risk. Although all forms of asbestos can cause this type of cancer, amphibole asbestos seems to be the one responsible for most cases. Mesothelioma can affect the abdomen and chest and it takes time to develop so it can go undetected for years.
Studies have also shown that asbestos is linked to other cancers such as:
It’s not clear yet how asbestos causes these types of cancers but exposure to this dangerous chemical is definitely a contributing risk factor.
Workers on some specific industries are exposed to asbestos, which increases the possibility of asbestos-related cancer. Shipyard workers are particularly at risk, but other professions are also included:
Veterans can also develop cancer do to asbestos exposure during the war. They had to work in submarines, ships, airplanes and many other places loaded with asbestos products.
Smokers at more at risk of lung cancer linked to asbestos than non-smokers as the lungs are less clean and can’t properly dispel asbestos fibers. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer due to asbestos, you should quit immediately and contact your doctor. Unfortunately, quitting will not stop asbestos-related cancer but it may slow down its development as there is more cilia present to clean the lungs.
It’s never too late to inquire about your rights as a victim of asbestos exposure. Contact a personal injury attorney and find out about your legal options. We’ll help you obtain compensation for injuries caused by asbestos. It’s important you and your family have everything you need to cover your medical costs and loss wages due to asbestos exposure. Call us today and schedule your initial case evaluation