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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cancer and asbestos exposure

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which affects the body's mesothelial cells. These cells form a protective layer around the outer surfaces of most of our internal organs. This protective lining is referred to as the mesothelium. Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer, which is almost always fatal. It is also one of the most avoidable forms of cancer. The overwhelming majority of incidents of the disease can be linked to exposure to asbestos.

Workers in numerous industries are at risk of contracting cancer from asbestos exposure. Workers in the construction, demolition and ship-building industries are most at risk. However, there have also been numerous cases of mesothelioma in individuals who have not contacted asbestos in the workplace. They contracted it through regular contact with affected workers. For example, wives have been known to develop the disease after regularly washing their husbands' asbestos-impregnated work clothing. It is also possible to contract mesothelioma by working in buildings which contain high levels of asbestos in their structures. Such buildings may include schools, hospitals and office blocks.

If you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with cancer as a result of workplace asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to compensation. The best thing you can do, in the circumstances, is to hire an experienced and tenacious Mesothelioma Lawyer. No amount of money in the world can ever compensate adequately for the contraction of such a pernicious and avoidable disease. But it can help to pay for the latest, most advanced medical treatments and palliative care. So, if you, or a loved one, has contracted cancer from asbestos exposure, remember - you have rights, and can get help to enforce your rights.


1 comment:

sean ryan said...

It is amazing how long certain large corporations have been aware of the harmful effects of asbestos in the workplace. Thanks for your post, it's great to have some resources to contact for asbestos cancer.