Mesothelioma And You: What You Need To Know If Your Job Made You Sick
By Features Desk
Sunday, February 26, 2017.
For most people, the work that they do has no ill effect on their health. They can get on with their roles each day and feel okay. However, the sad truth is that some people do have dangerous occupations. Even if they show no visible signs of being ill, the effects their work has on their health is only noticeable some years later.
One such example is mesothelioma, a type of cancer that covers the lining of almost all internal organs. As the description might suggest, it’s not pleasant if you get diagnosed with mesothelioma. The disease is mostly caused by exposure to asbestos, and around 125 million people get it through asbestos exposure at work.
As with many other cancers, the symptoms of mesothelioma do not present themselves until the cancer is at an advanced stage. Are you concerned that your diagnosis of mesothelioma may have been caused by the work you used to do (or still do)? If so, here is what you need to know.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring silicate. Until the end of the 1980s, asbestos was widely used as a cost-effective way to insulate a variety of building materials. Examples include drywall boards, concrete, and electrical wiring.
Evidence of asbestos use dates back to around 4,000 years ago, but the widescale use of it in the modern world began in the 19th century. It was popular not just because of its low cost, but its sound absorption and fire resistance properties.
Who is likely to be affected by exposure to asbestos?
One of the biggest issues with asbestos is that it got used in a plethora of applications. The general rule is that applicable products manufactured before the 1990s may contain asbestos. Examples of occupations where people may have come into regular contact with asbestos include:
Builders, roofers, plasterers, and tilers;
Factory workers (including those that produced gaskets, brake pads, and brake shoes);
HVAC installers and engineers.
What to do after a mesothelioma diagnosis
The most important thing to do first is to agree on a treatment plan with your doctor. While there is no cure for mesothelioma, your doctor can start you on chemotherapy or radiation therapy to try and control the spread of the cancer.
It’s also important for many people to consider where they got exposed to the asbestos in the first place. It’s highly likely they were exposed to it from their occupation, especially if they worked in a factory that produced asbestos-containing materials. A mesothelioma attorney can help you seek compensation from employers that exposed you to asbestos.
Yes, the compensation won’t do much to make you stop feeling ill. But, it’s useful for three reasons. First of all, it can pay for your medical treatment. Second, it can help secure your family’s financial future. And, third, it can ensure the companies in question make their workplaces safer for future generations of workers.
I hope you have found this article on mesothelioma and asbestos useful today. Thank you for reading it.