Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is commonly used in industrial products, such as cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring, insulation and more. These products can release asbestos fibers into the air, where they can be swallowed or inhaled and remain trapped in the body for years. The health problems that result from inhalation and exposure to asbestos are extremely serious, and impact thousands of Americans every year.
Mesothelioma Risk Factors
Workers in industrial occupations or who work in older facilities are often at high risk for exposure to asbestos. The health risks associated with asbestos exposure have been well documented, and many Asbestos-containing Products (ACPs) have been banned by federal law. Banned ACPs include asbestos pipe insulation, flooring felt, commercial paper, spray-applied surfacing and more.
However, there are still several ACPs that are not currently banned in the United States. Although federal regulations of asbestos use are more heavily enforced than ever before, many people may still be at risk. According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 3,000 new Mesothelioma cases diagnosed every year. This is a serious and widespread health problem that can be devastating to patients and their families.
Signs and Symptoms
Often, asbestos fibers can remain in the body for years, and may not manifest physical symptoms for decades. Mesothelioma has a long incubation period, but you do not need to have been exposed to asbestos over a period of years to be at risk. Unfortunately, as few as one or two occasions of exposure to asbestos fibers can be enough to cause serious health problems in some patients.
An early diagnosis is key to a successful Mesothelioma treatment. Be aware of the following symptoms, as they may be a sign of Mesothelioma:
- Shortness of breath or wheezing
- Painful cough
- Abdominal pain or “fullness”
- Abdominal swelling
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fatigue and extreme tiredness
Henson Fuerst Can Help
Mesothelioma can be a huge financial burden for patients and their families. If you or a loved one developed Mesothelioma due to toxic asbestos exposure that was not your fault, Henson Fuerst can help you secure the full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Our experienced North Carolina Product Liability attorneys are extremely experienced in pursuing asbestos exposure claims. Call Henson Fuerst, today at (919) 781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form. We will fight hard to ensure that justice is served.