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Do you know the reason why asbestos causes cancer?

For almost 50 years, asbestos has been known to cause cancer. More specifically, it has been known to cause a very rare form of cancer, mesothelioma. While the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma has been largely undisputed, scientists have not been able to establish why asbestos is so harmful to the human body until more recently.

If you have been working in an industry that puts you at risk of asbestos exposure, it is important that you are aware of the most common symptoms of mesothelioma so that you can take action to get a diagnosis. The following is an overview of how asbestos exposure causes cancer and the common symptoms associated with the disease.

If you catch mesothelioma early, the odds may be in your favor

Mesothelioma was not the diagnosis that you were expecting when you were struggling to breathe. You thought that you had a bad cold or pneumonia. As you had the diagnosis explained to you, you wondered how you could have ended up with this horrible condition.

Unfortunately, this is a very serious disease that needs treatment as soon as possible. Mesothelioma is usually caused by exposure to asbestos, which may have happened decades ago. Today, you're only at Stage 1, which is a great sign that you caught the illness early.

There are 4 different types of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor, a rare type of cancer that forms in the lining of organs such as the abdomen, lungs, and heart. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma are shortness of breath and chest pain, but the symptoms can differ depending on the type of mesothelioma.

If you have been recently diagnosed with mesothelioma or you are worried that you have this rare form of cancer, you will probably know that the only known cause of the disease is the inhalation of asbestos. Asbestos is a substance that was commonly used in construction and manufacturing, therefore those who have worked in these industries may have been exposed, and their illness may have been caused by this.

Lawsuit filed over nursing home death after COVID-19 outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the United States has hit nursing homes hard. By mid-April, nearly 100 residents of the Citadel in Salisbury were ill with coronavirus. One of those was Marjorie Fuller Garvin, 96, who passed away on April 27 after falling gravely ill. She had moved to the Citadel only a couple of months prior and was "lucid and vibrant," her family says.

Wallace & Graham, has now filed a lawsuit against Accordius Health, which operates the Citadel, and Portopiccolo Group, a private equity firm, because of Garvin's improper care.

Wallace & Graham initiates community giving program during COVID-19 crisis

When Gov. Roy Cooper first announced North Carolina's stay-at-home order in late March to limit the spread of coronavirus, homeless residents faced a problem. Where would they stay during the order? How would they get food? With everyone forced to stay off the streets, shelters likely wouldn't have enough space for everyone.

Starting a community relief effort

Manufacturing workers and others endure dangerous PVC exposure

Plastics are one of the most impressive modern conveniences. Different kinds of plastics have different degrees of rigidity and stability that allow manufacturers to use them in a wide range of products, and many plastic products can function safely for years if not decades.

Unfortunately, some kinds of plastic are safer than others. Polyvinyl chloride or PVC is a kind of plastic made from vinyl chloride. This plastic can get made into a range of valuable products, but one of the most common would be pipes. Companies also use PVC to coat the outside of wires and cables and to make various kinds of packaging.

Vaping linked to dangerous sleep deprivation

In recent years, many consumers moved from traditional forms of consuming tobacco to vaping, often because vaping appears to be a safer way to get a nicotine fix than smoking or from other tobacco products. However, as the medical community learns more about the dangers of vaping, new information shows that vaping is not a "safe" activity.

In the last year, we've seen news reports of serious respiratory illnesses related to vaping, often developing much more quickly than similar issues reported by tobacco smokers. If this was not enough to cast doubt on the safety of vaping products, new research now indicates that vaping may seriously impact users' ability to sleep.

Protecting your rights against workplace exposure

Many important jobs throughout the country put workers in close contact with hazardous chemicals or materials containing dangerous chemicals. For the protection of workers in these conditions, employers with facilities that store or handle harmful substances must take certain safety measures. However, it is still common for employees to work in unsafe conditions that may put many individuals at risk, and employees in these circumstances must protect their own rights.

If you work in an environment that puts you in close contact with toxic materials, you can take steps now to protect yourself and build a strong claim if you suffer harm from toxic exposure. With a strong legal strategy, you have the tools to protect your rights and pursue fair compensation for losses and suffering caused by the exposure.

Understanding the link between asbestos and mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor, a type of cancer that can originate in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or the heart. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a toxic mineral that has in the past been used in fabrics and construction materials. Those who have been exposed to asbestos have a risk of developing mesothelioma at a later point in their lives.

If you or a loved one has developed mesothelioma, they are likely suffering from this life-threatening disease due to asbestos exposure. In many cases, asbestos exposure can be traced back to their working environment. Therefore, it is important to reflect on when the affected person might have been exposed to asbestos, and whether there is any legal action that they may be able to take.

Vaping illnesses are a significant cause for concern

Over the last several years, the vaping industry has expanded enormously, often using promotion that appears aimed at a very young audience. As studies begin to emerge about the impact of vaping, evidence indicates that the substances vapers consume is not only addictive, it may also lead to severe respiratory illness.

Unfortunately, vaping illnesses do not only happen to other people in other parts of the country, or the world. A teenager in Charleston recently filed suit against a vaping manufacturer after he suffered severe symptoms and received hospitalization. This is only one of many suits in recent months calling on vaping manufacturers to take responsibility for marketing addictive substances to teenagers.


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