There are very few things that are more traumatic for the victim and their family than a diagnosis of cancer. This can be especially true for mesothelioma. This cancer’s only known cause is exposure to asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma can be caused by very little exposure to asbestos fibers. Latency period for mesothelioma refers to the time between exposure and being diagnosed with the cancer. The long period of time between exposure and the illness is one of the characteristics of mesothelioma. A latency period of 20 to 50 years is typical for a case of mesothelioma. It is not at all unusual for people in their 60’s and 70’s to be diagnosed with an asbestos related disease.
There are three varieties of mesothelioma, and those are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneum mesothelioma and pericardium mesothelioma. The cancer typically attacks the lungs or abdomen and is thought to be caused by inhalation or accidental swallowing of tiny asbestos particles in the air. The types of workers that are typically seen in mesothelioma are construction workers, contract workers, factory employees, military personnel and railroad workers.
Asbestos was widely used on ships and in shipyards. As a result, many former members of the U. S. Navy were placed in situations where exposure was likely to have occurred. A larger percentage of Navy veterans have developed asbestos related diseases and these diseases are devastating to both the victims and their families.
Railroad workers are also at an increased risk of the development of an asbestos related diseases as a result of the widespread use of asbestos in railroad cars and other equipment commonly used by the railroad.
The following are representative symptoms that are indicators that a serious problem may be developing:
- Shortness of Breath
- Persistent coughing
- Other significant respiratory problems
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related cancer, the lawyers at Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm understand your rights as a mesothelioma patient or family member of a mesothelioma victim.
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