Workers exposed to harsh chemicals for a number of years can often suffer from serious illness as a result of that exposure. One such worker, a 59-year-old man in Cornwall, U.K., was been diagnosed with mesothelioma last summer and given a maximum of six months to live. Chemotherapy treatments have helped to keep the cancer at bay, though have also left him house bound and weak.
In past weeks, we have discussed those who have been victims of asbestos exposure on the job. Whether they are firefighters or construction workers, many people have developed lung cancer after being exposed to the toxic fiber, due primarily to their line of work. However, another significant cause of exposure can be linked to improper disposal of asbestos.
The possibility of suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer or other types of lung diseases is greatly enhanced by substantial asbestos exposure. This is clearly proven by studies that have looked at the incidence of such diseases in employees who experienced cumulative exposures to asbestos.