Asbestos and Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is one of the most prevalent asbestos related diseases and combined with asbestos and mesothelioma, contribute to a high mortality rate for those that have worked with asbestos for decades without adequate protection. The major risk from asbestos is the fact that it does not break down in the body, as it is a very durable compound. Instead, tiny asbestos particles will be stuck in the lining of the lungs where they will remain contributing to cancers and other disorders. Winning damages for asbestos related lung cancer is not difficult once asbestos has been confirmed present in your lungs and you have developed an illness because of it. You will be able to win damages for your ongoing medical bills associated with the lung cancer as well as compensation for the fact that you are no longer able to work.
How does asbestos get into the lungs?
Asbestos is an easily fractured mineral that occurs naturally in fibrous form. These fibers are made up of tiny biers that are not discernible by the human eye. The human hair can be almost four times thicker than the average asbestos contaminating fiber. The fiber will fracture according to its weakest side, which explains why most force will reduce the asbestos into small fibers.
Due to its small size, asbestos fibers will become airborne very easily and those without protection will inhale them. The asbestos fibers remain there for decades, eventually causing lung cancer. Those that have worked with asbestos in any form are especially at increased risk for lung cancer.
How do I reduce my risk of lung cancer due to asbestos exposure?
Studies have shown beyond a shade of doubt that smoking increases the risk of developing lung cancer for those that have been exposed to mesothelioma. Quitting smoking will reduce the potential to develop lung cancer.
Through asbestos testing of homes and workplaces will prevent everyday exposure that will surely sicken those that are exposed over time. Different states will have different regulations on the reporting and testing for potential asbestos dangers.
Which occupations are at risk for asbestos lung cancer?
Shipyard workers are affected in the greatest number from asbestos related illnesses. This includes many veterans and those that worked in shipyards during World War II. Asbestos on ships was used as weather proofing and fire retardant, both in spray form. Failure to provide masks of other equipment to prevent the inhalation of fibers during the application of the coating can be used to collect damages if lung cancer develops later on due to asbestos exposure.
Automobile workers may be at risk when they service brakes. Asbestos breaks wear out and create asbestos dust. Those that have worked with asbestos breaks extensively have inevitably inhaled harmful dust while working on asbestos brakes. Asbestos in brakes are technically still allowed in the United States and employers that do not adequate steps to prevent garage workers from potentially harming themselves will surely face civil liability if these workers develop lung cancer at a later date.