A naturally occurring mineral, asbestos can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. The dangers of asbestos exposure were unknown to countless workers in several industries, like the ship building and construction industries, and as a result those workers are at risk of getting mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that attacks the lining of various body organs.
When asbestos is disturbed, its fibers can become airborne and may be inhaled deep into the lungs. In the lungs, asbestos fibers cause scarring, called Asbestosis. These fibers can cause mesothelioma as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx and colon.
Mesothelioma can take decades to show up after asbestos exposure, which is why many victims fail to realize the connection between the two. There is no cure for mesothelioma, though there are treatments available. If a person develops mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, they should contact a qualified attorney, as they may be entitled to compensation for their pain, suffering and medical bills.
Typically used as insulation, asbestos was an important material in construction of offices, homes and schools from the early 1900s to 1978. It was also used in thousands of products like floor tiles and household appliances. Even though the dangers of asbestos exposure are widely known today, there is still a risk.
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