Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that attacks the layers of mesothelial cells, which form the thin lining (mesothelium) of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart organs. The role of the mesothelium is to protect these organs by producing a lubricating fluid. Almost all cases of mesothelioma are linked to exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma affects roughly 2,500-3,000 people in the United States per year. It can be difficult to diagnose mesothelioma because many of the mesothelioma symptoms are similar to those of a number of other conditions, including lung cancer, viral pneumonia, stomach cancer and heart disease. This disease is extremely threatening as it has a long latency period and can lie dormant for up to 50 years after exposure.
More Dangerous Chemicals
Benzene is used by the rubber industry, oil refineries, chemical plants, shoe manufacturers, and gasoline-related industries. Benzene is also used to make some types of lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides. Benzene exposure is linked to acute myeloid leukemia and other health conditions, including immunodeficiency and reproductive problems.
Manganese exposure causes a condition known as manganism that closely resembles Parkinson’s disease. Manganese exposure is often the result of welding, smelting, and other metalworking occupations.
Lead poisoning is especially problematic in young children, but it can affect people of all ages. Developmental disabilities and other neurological problems are only a few of the potential effects of exposure to lead.
Additional chemicals such as carbon monoxide or toxic solvents that are classified as carcinogens or neurotoxins can be particularly dangerous to those who work in close proximity over extended periods of time. Workers are exposed to the chemicals by breathing their fumes as they evaporate and by contact with the skin. known as transdermal exposure Inhalation or ingestion are also possible. Any means of exposure are hazardous to your health.
How To Know If You Have Been Exposed
Expert medical opinion is the best way to establish a connection between an illness and chemical exposure. Unfortunately, many physicians are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms of toxic exposure. You should therefore seek out an occupational disease specialist or similar to be certain you receive an expert diagnosis. Francis X. Young’s toxic tort attorneys assist you in finding the appropriate doctors. If proof of the link between your disease and a toxic chemical can be determined, our attorneys will aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve.