Exposure to asbestos is extremely hazardous to the health. Whether individuals
encounter asbestos in homes, on the job, in the environment or while using products containing the substance,
inhalation or ingestion of asbestos can cause serious health problems. Have you been diagnosed with asbestos
We encourage you to seek legal attention if you or a loved one have been recently
diagnosed with Mesothelioma or another Asbestos-Related Disease.
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cancer of the protective lining surrounding the lungs (pleura), abdomen (peritoneum), or heart (pericardium).
Asbestos fibers enter the body through inhalation or ingestion becoming trapped in mesothelium permanently.
Asbestos damages the mesothelium, and in some cases, creates ideal conditions for the growth of cancerous
cells. Asbestos exposure can be directly linked to approximately 80% of mesothelioma cases.
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Inhaled asbestos fibers can irritate the airways,
alveolar sacs, and the pleural mesothelium that covers and protects the lungs. When fibers become lodged in
the pleura, hardened patches of tissue and scarring (plaques) can form in response to irritation, restricting
the linings around the lungs. This condition, called pleural disease, results in pain, progressively impaired
lung function and in some cases pleural effusion, in which the lung cavity fills with fluid.
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Asbestos related lung cancer differs from mesothelioma
cancer in that the cancerous cells begin developing from within airways. Lung cancer can develop in response
to asbestos irritation in the trachea, bronchial tubes, or bronchioles and spread to other organs throughout
the body if not diagnosed and treated early. Cigarette smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a
significantly heightened risk of developing lung cancer when compared to non-smokers.
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The alveolar sacs that carry oxygen to the blood can also
become damaged and scarred when irritated by inhaled asbestos fibers. Scar tissue tightens the tiny sacs,
inhibiting blood flow and oxygen absorption, which can cause a host of other cardiac and pulmonary
complications. Progressively declining lung capacity, lack of energy, and chronic infection are common
symptoms of the disease.
Important Information For Asbestos Related Disease Victims & Their
FDA WarningAsbestos has been an important component of industry since the late
1800s. Though use has been regulated and curbed in the last thirty years the material is still prevalent. Utilized
mainly for its insulating properties, asbestos has long been heavily relied upon in manufacturing and construction.
During this time workers and their families, consumers, homeowners and other individuals have been exposed to
dangerous levels of asbestos, putting them at risk for developing mesothelioma and other diseases.
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