Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that has been used as insulation and a fire retardant in a wide variety of products. Asbestos can produce dust that, when inhaled, becomes deposited in the lungs. This can cause or contribute to the development of various illnesses, especially mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma, a relatively rare condition, is a deadly, aggressive cancer almost always linked to contact with asbestos. Typically, people suffering from mesothelioma have a history of asbestos exposure that was heavy, repeated and concentrated in an industrial setting. However, the heavy exposure may have been for a period as short as a couple of months. A mesothelioma diagnosis is often delayed because many mesothelioma symptoms mimic symptoms of other, less serious illnesses.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma. There are, however, a variety of experimental treatment options with new clinical trials being introduced on a regular basis by doctors and researchers trying to find a cure for mesothelioma. Some common treatments include surgery where the tissue in the affected area is cut out, Radiation treatment and Chemotherapy.
The general public has known about the dangers of asbestos since the late 1970s, but companies who used and manufactured asbestos and asbestos-laden products knew long before that time. Asbestos companies did everything they could throughout the 1900’s to cover-up the dangers of asbestos. Millions of workers were exposed to asbestos without knowing about its deadly effects.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos or have been diagnosed with any asbestos disease, including lung cancer and mesothelioma please contact one of the Mesothelioma attorneys at Goldblatt Singer. We have the knowledge, experience and resources to represent clients who have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma and can help you understand your rights and options.
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