Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and there is currently no known cure. Originally used because its heat and flame retardant properties, asbestos is actually a mineral that is made up of fine particles that are toxic if they become airborne and are breathed in. Unfortunately, companies were aware of the dangers of asbestos in the workplace, but many have been slow to adopt precautionary measures, thus putting employees at risk.
Where can asbestos be found?
Asbestos can be found in the heating and plumbing systems as well as building materials for many industrial and residential buildings that were built or renovated before 2000. It was first recognized as dangerous in the late-1970s, but it wasn’t completely phased out until 2000. The good news is that it is relatively safe if left undisturbed, but needs to be removed by trained professionals if there are plans to rehab or otherwise disturb an older building. It’s best to consult an asbestos professional before beginning any work.
According to Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center, the symptoms mesothelioma can vary depending on the location of the cancer and cell type. Unfortunately, the cancer doesn’t cause recognizable symptoms until tumors grow and spread around the stomach cavity or chest wall. By this point the cancer may be at stage 3 or 4 and options can be limited. The early symptoms often include one of the following:
- Chest pain
- Stomach pain
- Shortness of breath or dry coughing
Sadly, many diagnosis of mesothelioma are made by accident. Doctors may do a chest X-ray for another reason or simply have some blood work done. By then it can be quite severe.
It’s unclear how many people have died from mesothelioma at this point. But if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos related disease, it’s strongly advised to consult an attorney with experience with asbestos in the workplace. Treatment for this disease can be extremely expensive, so it is important for seek compensation from those responsible. And while nothing can eliminate fact that you or a loved one has contracted mesothelioma, you can be secure in knowing that a settlement can often provide financial security to the family in the years to come.