Exposure to asbestos through any means can cause major health problems and serious diseases. Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that has been shown to be caused by exposure to asbestos. If you have been exposed to asbestos, whether in the form of talc or in building materials, it is important to understand more about the potential diseases that can result.
Mesothelioma is a non-hereditary disease, however, secondary exposure to asbestos is possible. If a person has asbestos in their lung, the asbestos can spread to close family and friends when they spend a lot of time together. This is why it is possible for several family members to suffer from mesothelioma.
Are only those with a high amount of asbestos exposure needing to worry about mesothelioma?
The degree of asbestos exposure does not necessarily relate to the risk of mesothelioma, and it is, unfortunately, very possible for those with even very minimal exposure to asbestos to suffer from the disease. It is important not to rule out the chance that you may have the disease if you have been suffering from symptoms.
Is mesothelioma the same as lung cancer?
Mesothelioma usually affects the lungs so many believe that it is essentially the same as lung cancer. However, it is a completely different type of cancer and in 25 percent of cases, it actually develops in the lining of the abdomen or the lining of the heart.
Is asbestos banned in the United States?
In the 1980s, governments became aware of the dangers of asbestos. In 1989, the United States government banned all new uses of asbestos. However, it can be legal in some situations. For example, it is, unbelievably, still used in some clothing, construction materials and braking components for vehicles.
It has been shown that asbestos manufacturers actually knew about the dangers of asbestos while they were selling it, and hid data. Therefore, many people have entered lawsuits against manufacturers and employers. If you have been affected by asbestos exposure, it is important that you can apply the law to your specific situation and take action when you feel it is necessary.