Most believe that it takes years of heavy inhalation of asbestos to cause mesothelioma. However, if Libby, Montana taught us anything is that even low or single doses can still cause this type of cancer. It is important to stay vigilant if you suspect you came in contact with the carcinogenic material.
Asbestos is safe when it is in good conditioned and undisturbed. When construction companies renovate these old schools, it kicks up the deadly substance. The project releases the dangerous material into the air and becomes a health hazard. When someone inhales or ingests airborne asbestos fibers, they become lodged in the lining of the lungs. This leads to mesothelioma, deadly cancer. In rare cases, the fibers may travel to other parts of the body. Then, they can lodge themselves into the linings of the abdomen or heart. Irritation eventually leads to tumor development.
Single Asbestos Exposure
Currently, there are conflicting reports of mesothelioma development. Many share false information that a single asbestos exposure does not put you at risk for mesothelioma. They push that it always takes decades. However, many suspect this falsehood of longevity is to protect doctors from being sued for malpractice later on. However, there are many people who are aware of many who did develop asbestos-related illnesses due to a single or very short-term exposure.
A 2014 study analyzing almost 60,000 workers from the mid-1980s until 2007 found that a single exposure to asbestos could lead to mesothelioma. The more exposure a worker experienced the higher the chance of developing this cancer.
After asbestos exposure once or for long periods of time, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. It is important to assess the amount of asbestos exposure. It is important to note that if you have other risk factors like smoking or genetic predisposition, you may want to have additional tests. Having regular checkups can help catch mesothelioma before it develops. Most doctors do not catch this type of cancer until it is in very advanced stages.
Mesothelioma is not your fault. You deserve compensation to help with medical costs and other unexpected expenses after diagnosis. The Michael Brady Lynch Firm gives clients and their families the respect and personal attention they deserve. Each mesothelioma case is unique, and our firm will give you the one-on-one assistance you need to file your claim. A statute of limitation is important with these cases, so it is important that after a diagnosis you contact us today. The call is free and without obligation.