Anyone Who Worked with or around Asbestos can be at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma

Anyone Who Worked with or around Asbestos can be at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma

Apr 05

Anyone Who Worked with or around Asbestos can be at Risk of Developing Mesothelioma

A 36-year old woman from St. Paul, Minnesota, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer with no known cure. Though mesothelioma takes decades to develop, it usually takes victims’ lives within a few months after its symptoms appear. But what was actually surprising about the woman’s case was how she came into contact with asbestos. She recalls that when she was aged six, as soon as her father, who was a demolition worker, arrived from work, she would hug him and then put on and play with his dust and dirt-covered coat and shoes.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, which has been considered a “miracle fiber” due to its high resistance to electricity, heat and fire; it is also abundant, cheap and easy to use. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Asbestos became a very common name in the construction business, shipyard industry and many other types of manufacturing plants.

The U.S., UK and many other highly developed countries have either restricted or banned the use of asbestos since the early 1970s; it is not the same, however, in many other nations, especially in rising in developing ones. And despite the recommendations of the American Public Health Association, the International Trade Union Confederation, the International Commission on Occupational Health, World Federation of Public Health Organizations, and three other major international health organizations, to ban the production and use of asbestos, its production and massive exports still continue.

Countries that lead in the production of asbestos include Kazakhstan, Brazil, China, Russia and Canada, while the top two countries that continue to use it are China, followed by India. Japan, where asbestos was banned in 2006, but which is presently experiencing a rapid rise in asbestos-related illnesses, warns other Asian governments to prepare for the same scenario.

Mesothelioma survivors, like the woman from St. Paul, Minnesota, who was medically advised to have one of her lungs removed, are very, very few. If one has been exposed to asbestos in the past, a once very common work incidence, and feels the symptoms of mesothelioma, which include chest pains, pleural effusions (fluid buildup around the lung), shortness of breath, fever, consistent dry cough, fatigue, weight loss, and excessive sweating, then going to a doctor (and consulting a lawyer if positively diagnosed with it) is highly advisable.

Mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher say, “Mesothelioma is a highly lethal cancer caused by even brief or minimal asbestos exposure. Many Americans spent years of their lives working and living in close proximity to asbestos without even realizing the danger that they were being exposed to. There is no cure for mesothelioma, which may appear decades after the asbestos exposure.

Typically, mesothelioma attacks the lungs or abdomen. It is thought to be caused by the inhalation or accidental swallowing of tiny asbestos particles in the air. The disease sometimes affects the heart as well. Anyone who worked with or around asbestos, including construction workers, factory employees, military personnel, and railroad workers, could develop one of the harmful forms of mesothelioma cancer, which include Pleural Mesothelioma, Peritoneal Mesothelioma or Pericardial Mesothelioma.”

Asbestos was used so widely for so long and an incredibly large number of Americans may be at risk. If you feel that you may have been exposed to asbestos or are now experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma, it is important that you consult with a medical professional and a mesothelioma lawyer as soon as possible.