Asbestos is a silent killer that has destroyed thousands of lives. For decades, millions of unsuspecting Americans were exposed to toxic levels of asbestos on their jobs, in their homes, at school, and numerous other places. The following video details the dangers of asbestos and the options available to victims of asbestos poisoning.
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In the twentieth century, asbestos was one of the most common industrial materials. It has also proved to be one of the most lethal industrial materials, as inhaling the fibers can lead to a wide range of health problems such as asthma and asbestosis - and it can also be the direct source of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and lethal cancer that attacks the membranes around the lungs, the heart and the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma cancer of the lungs is by far the most common form, but tissue surrounding the heart or the abdomen can also be affected. Perhaps its most unusual characteristic is that mesothelioma diagnosis usually occurs decades after the initial exposure to asbestos, owing to the cancer’s extraordinarily long latency period.
It takes years for asbestos fibers to work their way into those membranes: and after an extended presence there, the fibers will begin to cause fluid accumulation and tumor development. However the first mesothelioma symptoms are common complaints such as a persistent cough or shortness of breath - symptoms that are easily mistaken for evidence of more common lung problems. Those common symptoms can delay a proper diagnosis even further.