The First Week Of April Kicks Off National Asbestos Awareness Week
Asbestos happens to be an extremely lethal substance that shows little signs of its potential danger for long periods of time. Most mesothelioma victims do not see any symptoms for 25-50 years after the initial exposure and because of its long latency period, detecting the early warning signs of asbestos exposure can be quite difficult.
While there are some signs of asbestos exposure, they are often misunderstood as other health problems therefore, the signs are easily ignored. Symptoms of asbestos exposure include: shortness of breath, crackling sounds while breathing, chronic cough, chest pain, weight loss, swelling in the face or neck, anemia, sudden onset of fever and night sweats. Because of the lack of early symptoms, if someone has an inclination they were exposed to asbestos they should inform their doctor as soon as possible to begin early monitoring for adverse effects.
Asbestos exposure is not limited to causing only mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos also causes lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural plagues, cancer of the throat, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. Mesothelioma cancer is invariably fatal.
Mesothelioma is a type of fatal cancer that occurs in the lining of the organs called the mesothelium. Unfortunately the outcome for mesothelioma patients is grave. This may be attributed to the fact that it takes quite a while for any symptoms to present themselves and for the cancer to be diagnosed, because of this, no one has successfully recovered from this disease.
If you or a loved one has experienced any of the symptoms above, or suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos, do not wait to contact your physician. If you have already been diagnosed, contact the law firm of Mazur & Kittel to begin exploring your options for compensation from asbestos-related diseases.