Mesothelioma: A Common Cancer?
Throughout the mid 1900s, asbestos was widely used in a variety of industries as a cheap alternative material for construction projects and everyday products. As asbestos gained popularity, the number of workers found to develop forms of cancer also increased. In the 1970s, the true effects of asbestos were revealed and the material was banned for use in the United States.
The studies that were released linked asbestos exposure to the development of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs. The symptoms often do not appear for several decades, making early detection incredibly difficult.
Despite efforts to rid our country of this hazardous material, asbestos is still found in old buildings and everyday products throughout the United States. While you may think that this vast amount of asbestos would cause numerous people to suffer from mesothelioma, it is actually considered a rare form of cancer. Unfortunately, those exposed to asbestos back in the 1960s and 1970s are just now discovering that they have developed mesothelioma, causing around 2,000 new cases of the cancer to be reported each year.
Mesothelioma can occur in either sex; however, it is more common to occur in men. This devastating cancer also does not discriminate by age, making anyone susceptible if exposed to asbestos.
The chance that you could develop mesothelioma is determined by several factors. The duration of time that you were exposed and the level at which you were exposed are two of the largest factors. If you are the spouse, companion, or child of a worker exposed to asbestos, you should also closely monitor your health.
As time passes, the number of mesothelioma cases will undoubtedly increase, as those exposed in the mid 1900s begin to feel the full effects of the cancer. If you have been exposed to asbestos due to the negligent actions of an employer, contact a mesothelioma lawyer immediately.
For more information about your legal rights and to schedule your initial consultation, contact the mesothelioma lawyers of Williams Kherkher today by calling 800-781-3955.