According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos is responsible for a number of serious ailments, including forms of cancer. Severe exposure can lead to death. One of the most common illnesses associated with asbestos exposure is mesothelioma, cancer in the lining of the lung.
Inhaling airborne asbestos fibers is the form of exposure most commonly linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other health concerns.
How Asbestos Causes Lung Cancer
Asbestos fibers are very sharp. When inhaled, these fibers become embedded in the lungs if they are not expelled through coughing. These fibers can stick in the throat and windpipe as well. If the fibers attach to the walls of lung, they will cause irritation, which leads to cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is usually diagnosed at least 15 years after the initial exposure. Mesothelioma can take over 30 years to develop after inhalation.
Who is at risk of asbestos exposure?
Prolonged exposure to asbestos is very dangerous and can lead to severe health risks. People who are exposed to asbestos at work are most likely to suffer mesothelioma or lung cancer. Asbestos is not used in new building construction, but older buildings may contain significant amounts of asbestos. Because of this, individuals who handle construction or demolition in older buildings may suffer dangerous amounts of asbestos exposure.
Identify Asbestos Exposure
If you suspect that you suffered exposure to airborne asbestos particles, speak to your doctor. Signs of early health concerns include:
- Persistent Coughing
- Chest / Abdominal Pains
- Weight Loss
- Coughing Blood
- Difficulty Swallowing
Compensation for Asbestos Injuries & Illness
If you believe that you suffered dangerous asbestos exposure, you may be eligible for financial compensation. The Daspit Law Firm is a personal injury law firm that serves Beaumont, Houston, and the state of Texas. We help victims of avoidable injuries and illnesses recover the money they deserve for medical expenses, doctors' visits, and emotional damages. Learn more about your legal options after suffering asbestos exposure when you contact a personal injury attorney from The Daspit Law Firm today.