Mesothelioma is a word many people have heard on TV commercials, although the specifics of the condition are not fully understood. This deadly, rare cancer isn’t well-known, but its effects are devastating. Below, readers will find out more about mesothelioma and its effects.
Mesothelioma is Related to Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos occurs in nature, and its small fibers can’t be seen by the naked eye. However, once the fibers are inhaled, they may infect the lungs’ protective lining, cardiac cavity, or abdominal cavity, causing the condition.
There’s No Safe Level of Exposure
One instance of exposure can put a person at risk of developing mesothelioma later in their life. If a person is exposed now, they may not be aware of it until several decades later, as the latency period of mesothelioma is roughly forty years.
Asbestos Was Once Common
Asbestos was, for years, used in thousands of consumer products, including household items that might still be used today. These products include crock pots, hair dryers, cigarette filters, brake pads, and many others. Homes and other buildings constructed before the 1970s may still contain asbestos because of the products used in construction.
Exposure to Asbestos is a Leading Cause of Cancer
Unfortunately, asbestos exposure is still the primary cause of occupation-related cancer in the United States. Although it has been three decades since the government issued its strongest possible warnings on asbestos use, many workers who suffered exposure are now learning their risk of the disease.
Veterans Are at Special Risk
For years, asbestos was used in every branch of the U.S. military. Many shipyard workers and veterans suffered high-level exposure to asbestos from several sources, and those who served during WWII and in Korea have the highest incidence of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Asbestos is Still Legal in the US
Federal law mandates that newly-made products have less than one percent asbestos. Although its use is tightly controlled, tons of asbestos is still used each year, and it’s still legal.
Secondhand Exposure May Cause Mesothelioma
Like some other forms of cancer, secondhand exposure may cause mesothelioma in some cases. Family members of people who suffered direct, on-the-job exposure to asbestos may also develop the condition.
Mesothelioma’s effects are still not well-known, but the condition can be devastating. For more information on gaining compensation, call a lawyer today.