A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. Due to the aggressive nature of this specific type of cancer, treatment can be difficult, and in many cases, the state of the disease is not known until it has progressed significantly. There are certain individuals who may have a higher chance of developing this disease, especially those exposed to asbestos. This type of exposure and other factors could increase your chance of eventually developing mesothelioma in the future.
If you believe you are at an increased chance of developing mesothelioma, you may benefit from knowing the signs and symptoms for which you should watch. Changes in your health could be a sign of a serious problem, and quick action and detection could make a significant difference in your prognosis. You will also benefit from understanding the specific factors that could place you at an increased risk for this disease.
Are you at risk?
Those who work in certain types of jobs in North Carolina could face an elevated risk of developing mesothelioma. This is because of the increased chance that they will face exposure to asbestos, small toxic particles that are dangerous when they become airborne. Most cases of mesothelioma are believed to be connected to asbestos exposure, most common for those who work in jobs that include shipyard workers, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, home remodelers, demolition workers and others.
Your job is not the only reason why you may be at an elevated risk for developing mesothelioma. Other factors that could increase your chance of developing this disease include living with someone who has personally been exposed to mesothelioma. These fibers can travel on clothing and personal items. You may also be at an elevated risk if you have a family history of mesothelioma, and if you have already had radiation therapy to the chest as part of cancer treatment.
Your options after a diagnosis
While a mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating, there are certain treatment options that may be effective for your condition. If your exposure to asbestos happened as a result of your job or other factors you could not control, you may have legal options available to you, including the opportunity to seek compensation and damages. It may be helpful for you to seek an assessment of your case and explanation of the most appropriate course of action.