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Mesothelioma is a rare but very aggressive form of cancer, and is usually caused by long-term exposure to asbestos materials. Asbestos is an durable insulating material that was used in many construction jobs prior to the mid 1970s, before its harmful effects were made known. The inhalation of asbestos fibers through the nose and mouth can lead to these fibers becoming permanently embedded in the lining of the lungs. If this happens, a particular form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and chest cavities, called mesothelioma, can result later in life.

Our bodies are unable to break down asbestos, so once we inhale the fibers, we cannot get rid of them. Asbestos was banned over three decades ago, but by then it was already too late. Millions of people had already been exposed and were at risk of developing mesothelioma later in life. Three thousand people are diagnosed with asbestos-related mesothelioma each year, and this number is predicted to rise over the next ten years. Some forms of mesothelioma only have an eight percent survival rate.

If asbestos fibers are swallowed, they can develop into a type of mesothelioma that originates in the stomach and is called peritoneal mesothelioma. Not only were millions of workers put at risk, but so were their families. If a workman came home and another family member handled his asbestos laden clothing, then that family member is at a higher risk for secondhand exposure.

Asbestos insulation workers seem to be at the highest risk for developing mesothelioma. It has been proven that six percent of all insulation workers have developed mesothelioma, and they are 300 times more likely to die from this type of cancer than the general public. Workers who were also put at risk are those who worked at factories, shipyards, manufacturing facilities, railway facilities, mines, construction sites, and railroads. Asbestos materials are still found in over 700,000 buildings across America. It was used so widely and considered ideal for building because of its flexibility, low conductivity to heat, and its resistance to burning and melting.

Mesothelioma must be diagnosed by a licensed physician. Before a doctor will diagnosis mesothelioma, he or she will ask you a few questions about your previous occupational hazards. This way, he or she can judge your likelihood of coming into contact with asbestos. Then he or she will do a chest x-ray to see if there are abnormalities in the lungs. Signs of mesothelioma include an unusual thickening of the lungs and mineral deposits. These two factors will cause there to be fluid in the chest area. Mesothelioma can develop in the abdomen, heart, or lungs. This type of cancer can develop several decades after your initial exposure to asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos could have been prevented if employers and manufacturing companies would have listened to the warning signs. Asbestos was not vigorously safety tested before it was used in nearly every building in America. Millions of people have been put at risk. Mesothelioma usually occurs in people 50-70 years old. If you or a loved one came into contact with asbestos as an occupational hazard and developed mesothelioma as a result, please call an experienced Wyoming lawyer or attorney to help you begin your fight. A lawyer can discuss your rights with you and tell you if you are owed any monetary compensation for the pain, suffering, and expenses you have endured. Your Wyoming mesothelioma lawyer/attorney should advise upon the best course of action for possible lawsuit and litigation actions. Pursuing legal action with the help of an attorney will help you better enforce your rights, punish the parties responsible for the asbestos poisoning and provide financial security to you and your family. Contact a local Wyoming Mesothelioma lawyer/attorney today.


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