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Are you at risk for an asbestos-related illness?

Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some point. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure; however, low-level exposure to asbestos rarely leads to serious illness. Most people who develop mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos illnesses are exposed to asbestos on a regular basis, usually while working on a job involving the material.

Workers affected by asbestos include those in construction, manufacturing, insulation, mining, brake repair, firefighting, shipbuilding and other trades. Their family members also are at a higher risk of exposure since workers can bring asbestos dust home on their clothing.

Even exposure to asbestos does not guarantee that you will have a disease caused by the exposure. For example, as long as the asbestos is part of a finished product and is not damaged, it is usually safe.

Unfortunately, those that are exposed to asbestos may not know if they will develop an illness for decades. It can take 40 years for symptoms to appear. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos fibers while working or elsewhere, contact your doctor and let him or her know about the exposure. The doctor may order chest x-rays and tests that check the function of your lungs. This is especially true if you develop one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or pain in the chest
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite
  • Neck and face swelling
  • Persistent coughing
  • Anemia / fatigue

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer or mesothelioma, you may be able to recover compensation through a personal injury / premises liability lawsuit. Speak with an experienced lawyer to learn more about your options.

Source: National Cancer Institute, "Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk," 2012.

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