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What are the first symptoms of mesothelioma?

A mesothelioma diagnosis can come decades after being exposed to asbestos. Mesothelioma progresses very slowly, over the course of several decades. Because mesothelioma is so rare, and because some of the symptoms are often present in more common conditions, it may be misdiagnosed or left undiagnosed.

Should you worry about asbestos in your home?

Ever since the 1980s, worry surrounding asbestos has been on the mind of every new homeowner and those interested in purchasing property, and for good reason. Asbestos is known for causing serious illness and disease, like cancer and respiratory issues. Once the harmful effects were discovered, the hysteria to remove it also began. Through the years, asbestos has been removed from buildings throughout the entire world, but since this fibrous material spreads easily, there are still places harboring it. With the high cost of removal and the dangers involved in moving it, many are wondering if it is better to leave it undisturbed.

Asbestos shows up in some unusual places

Asbestos has been in the legal news for a couple of decades now. The first mesothelioma and asbestosis began entering the courts in the 1970s. By 1987, so many claims had been filed that one of the leading manufacturers, Johns Manville, established a settlement trust fund already in 1987. Most Americans are familiar with the dangers faced by people who worked around asbestos fiber dust on construction sites, shipyards and manufacturing plants. Unrestrained by restrictions that other nations had put into effect, American industry continued to rely on asbestos in their manufacturing processes for many years after a direct link to mesothelioma and asbestosis had been established by the medical community. To this day, asbestos has still not been banned outright in the United States.

Non-malignant medical conditions caused by asbestos exposure

While mesothelioma has rightfully gained the most national recognition and attention, it bears knowing that there are several serious non-malignant medical conditions that can also result from prolonged exposure to asbestos fibrous dust. We’ll use this post to discuss the medical conditions affecting the pleural membranes, the layers of tissue protecting the lungs. While these medical conditions are not themselves cancerous, they may be a strong indicator of fatal conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

Recent asbestos case has companies looking to curb victim rights

Inhaling asbestos dust increases your risk for mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Unfortunately, many workers were not aware of the danger asbestos posed. For decades, companies failed to warn workers of what they knew of the science behind asbestos exposure.

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