All forms of asbestos are carcinogenic. There are no signs that there is
a “safe level” of human exposure. Any type of exposure to
the naturally occurring fiber asbestos has the potential to cause mesothelioma
cancer. Asbestos has been known not only to cause pleural mesothelioma,
but other types of cancer and diseases such as:
- Lung / pleural disorders
- Pleural plaques
- Pleural thickening
- Peritoneal mesothelioma
- Pericardial mesothelioma
Many people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma have contracted this
type of cancer through asbestos exposure at the workplace, although many
others were exposed through asbestos contact at home or various products
that were manufactured with asbestos. Asbestos fibers enter the lungs
through inhalation or ingestion. The fibers become trapped in the lung
lining and over time cause serious health effects, such as cancer.
Asbestos Exposure and Asbestosis
Asbestosis is a condition some people can contract after exposure to asbestos.
Asbestosis is a condition characterized by inflammation in the lungs that
makes it difficult to breath. Coughing and wheezing caused by inflammation
can cause permanent lung damage. Asbestosis is not necessarily a precursor
to mesothelioma, but some people who develop asbestosis may also develop
Are certain people more at risk than others?
While there is no known “safe level” of asbestos exposure,
some individuals may be more at risk than others. People who were exposed
to higher doses of asbestos for longer periods are perhaps more at risk
than others are. The size, shape, and type of asbestos fibers will also
play a role in mesothelioma risk. People with pre-existing lung conditions
such as weak lungs may also be at higher risk for developing mesothelioma
after asbestos exposure.
If you were exposed to asbestos, you are at risk for developing mesothelioma cancer.
Contact us today to tell us what happened to you so that you can learn
your rights and options.