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The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

Each year in the United States, although only four percent of deaths from lung cancer are caused by asbestos exposure, that still accounts for 5,000 people.

It is true that many people will be exposed to asbestos at some time, but those who have most chance of developing an asbestos related cancer are those who have regular contact with it, often due to their job.

It is true that people in the United States are now less likely to have asbestos related lung diseases because over the past 40 years its use has been slowly phased out once it was known that exposure could cause fatal illnesses. However, the onset of asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer usually begins to 10 to 20 years after the initial exposure, or even longer and becomes worse over time.

The cancer forms in the lung tissue, usually in the cells lining the air passages. For people who are suffering from the results of asbestos exposure, cigarette smoking will aggravate the condition as the scarring of the lungs makes it harder for the lungs to expel the chemicals contained in cigarettes.

If you know you have been exposed to asbestos, you should ensure you visit your doctor regularly so you can be watched for any sign of an asbestos related illness and start treatment as soon as possible.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an asbestos related disease, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer, contact the Law Office of Brayton Purcell, LLP  at (800) 598-0314 immediately, or contact us online for a free consultation. You may be entitled to an asbestos payout as part of an individual or class action lawsuit.