Who Is at Risk for Mesothelioma?

by admin on August 6, 2010

Mesothelioma is a cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen due to exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos fibers get inhaled, but there are long latency periods of ten or more years where manifestation of such condition does not appear.

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a rare cancer that accounts for approximately three percent of all cancer diagnoses in the United States, affecting four times as many men as women.

Occupational exposure

In Mississippi, asbestos cancer risks are high.  Occupational exposure to asbestos poses the greatest risk of developing mesothelioma in the Gulf Coast.  Asbestos was widely used by many industries and the military in the 20th century for its ability to insulate against heat and fire and its inability to conduct electricity.  If you have been exposed to asbestos, it is important that you reach out to a mesothelioma lawyer in Mississippi to make sure you are getting the compensation you deserve.

Industrial use of asbestos has been significantly curtailed due to its health hazards, but those who worked in power plants, oil refineries, shipyards, automobile plants, paper mills, construction sites, or asbestos manufacturing operations since the 1940s have, in all likelihood, endured years of asbestos exposure.  The wide use of asbestos in the armed forces, especially in Navy shipyards and shipbuilding, also exposes Mississippi veterans to greater risks of mesothelioma.  Even dentists who cast their own crowns were exposed to asbestos products and can develop mesothelioma.  Again, if you have been exposed to asbestos, even if by accident, it is important to reach out to Mississippi accident lawyers as soon as possible.

 


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