October is Healthy Lung Month according to the American Lung Association. The group encourages every citizen in the United States to protect their lungs and help keep them safe from disease through awareness and education. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lung cancer kills more U.S. citizens than any other form of cancer.
A Serious Risk
For those who have worked in a number of trades—including construction, plumbing, building, and more—one of the most-widespread risks to lung health is exposure to asbestos. Continued asbestos exposure can result in various lung diseases, including deadly mesothelioma.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma—almost all following exposure on the job. The group states one in three occupational cancer deaths stems from asbestos exposure.
Mesothelioma is an often fatal respiratory disease linked to asbestos exposure. The symptoms of Mesothelioma—a rare cancer which affects the lining of both the abdomen and lungs—might not surface for perhaps 30 to 50 years after the patient’s initial exposure to asbestos products. Since 1960, the only known cause of Mesothelioma has been exposure to asbestos.
Knowing the Danger
Even though American manufacturers stopped using asbestos in building materials decades ago, a harmful legacy of health complications still exists. With this in mind, more cases of mesothelioma and other potentially fatal side effects are diagnosed each year. Exposure to asbestos found in tile, insulation, and other building products is the only known cause.
Asbestos can still be found nationwide in schools built before 1980. Once praised for its heat resistance and durability; the product appears as insulation wrapped around steam pipes, sprayed on walls and ceilings as soundproofing, and used to manufacture both floor and ceiling tiles.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma—even years after initial exposure to asbestos, call the experienced North Carolina Mesothelioma Attorneys at Henson Fuerst today at 919-781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.
When you call, you will speak with one of our experienced Raleigh Toxic Exposure attorneys. They will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. At Henson Fuerst, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing unless we recover for you.