Asbestos, once a widely-used material, has been linked time and time again to cancer and respiratory issues. It’s made of tiny particles that people can breathe in when working with it. Some of these get stuck and aren’t expelled from the lungs. Millions of people in the United States were exposed when it was used in building materials, and more are today on renovation and demolition jobs — though safety procedures can be used when asbestos is identified in advance.
The main type of cancer that is connected to asbestos is known as mesothelioma. There are thin membranes in a person’s abdomen and chest, and mesothelioma is a type of cancer that manifests itself in these membranes.
However, studies have also shown that asbestos can increase the odds of other deadly types of cancer. Though it is fair to point out that some studies have been inconclusive, suggested links have been found to:
— Lung cancer.– Gastrointestinal cancer.– Throat cancer.– Colorectal cancer.– Kidney cancer.– Gallbladder cancer.– Esophagus cancer.
Again, some of the studies are not conclusive and the link is merely suggested, not yet proven, but this shows just how potentially dangerous asbestos can be. Even when detected early, some cancers are fatal. When detected late — perhaps years after a person retires — the risk just climbs.
Have you lost a loved one to an asbestos-related ailment? Do you think his or her employer was negligent in providing a safe working environment? If so, you may be able to seek compensation for your loss and related medical bills, among other things.
Source: Cancer.gov, “What are the health hazards of exposure to asbestos?,” accessed Dec. 09, 2016