Written by Faith Anderson on January 7, 2014
Study Finds Mesothelioma May Result From Even Low Asbestos Exposure
As the number of mesothelioma lawsuits filed in the United States continues to grow, new research suggests that workers exposed to even very low levels of asbestos may be at risk for the deadly cancer.
According to the findings of a new study, individuals exposed to even very low levels of asbestos in the workplace may be at risk for developing mesothelioma and other cancers associated with the toxic substance. In the study, which was published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers from Norway examined thousands of men who worked in jobs that subjected them to asbestos exposure. According to their findings, these workers had an increased risk of three types of cancer, including lung cancer, pleural mesothelioma and laryngeal cancer. If you were exposed to asbestos in the past, and you have since been diagnosed with a serious occupational disease like mesothelioma, consult an experienced mesothelioma attorney in your area to discuss your legal options.
Asbestos-Related Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer
During their research, the study authors analyzed data on 58,279 Norwegian men between the ages of 55 and 69, and estimated their on-the-job exposure to asbestos based on information about their work history. After 17.3 years of follow-up, the researchers found that, of the 58,279 men involved in the study, there were 2,324 cases of lung cancer, 166 cases of laryngeal cancer, and 132 cases of pleural mesothelioma, all of which were related to asbestos exposure. Even more alarming, the study authors determined that workers exposed to even low levels of asbestos had an increased risk of developing the cancers.
No Known Treatment for Malignant Mesothelioma
Of the three cancers examined in the Norwegian study, mesothelioma was the least prevalent, but it was also the deadliest. There are no known treatments for the disease, which is only known to be caused by exposure to asbestos and breathing asbestos fibers, and individuals diagnosed with mesothelioma typically have a very short life-expectancy. This is because the cancer usually remains undiagnosed until years after the initial asbestos exposure occurs, when the disease is already in its advanced stages. Mesothelioma litigation is the longest-running mass tort in the history of the United States, with more than 600,000 plaintiffs having filed suit against more than 6,000 defendants.
Babies, Children Exposed to Asbestos Fibers
Asbestos was widely used in the past in a variety of manufacturing and construction applications, until the mid-1980s, when most uses of asbestos were banned in the U.S. Unfortunately, because of mesothelioma’s long latency period of 20 to 40 years, workers exposed to asbestos before it was banned are still being diagnosed with the deadly disease now. In addition to cases for individuals directly exposed to asbestos, there has also been a growing number of second-hand asbestos lawsuits filed on behalf of family members exposed to fibers brought home in the hair or on the clothing of those working directly with the material. Some plaintiffs were even exposed as babies or young children when their parents held them after returning home from work.
Contact an Experienced Mesothelioma Lawyer Today
According to a report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2009, the number of cases of asbestos-related mesothelioma in the United States is just now peaking. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another type of cancer, and you believe asbestos exposure to be the cause, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers throughout the United States who have suffered an occupational illness or serious injury on the job, and we can put you in touch with a reputable mesothelioma attorney in your area. What a qualified lawyer on your side, you can protect your legal rights and pursue the financial compensation you are entitled to.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24351898[/box]