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Be aware of Mesothelioma risk factors, know where to seek support

We often are contacted by people who have been exposed to asbestos and are experiencing symptoms like a persistent cough, chest pain or difficulty breathing.

We let them know that we are here to help in the event they are diagnosed with cancer, including mesothelioma, but they need to go visit their doctor to investigate the cause of the problem. 

There are many conditions that may cause such symptoms that span the spectrum from very minor, curable illnesses to grave forms of cancer. If the person suffering has been exposed to asbestos, the need to seek medical attention is imperative. You should be sure to mention any asbestos exposure you have with your doctor because asbestos-related cancer, including mesothelioma, often presents itself with these types of ailments. Catching cancer early tends to improve a patient's treatment outcome. 

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that most often affects the lungs, but can also affect the heart, abdomen and testicles. Sadly, most people develop mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases decades after being exposed to asbestos. And many people only detect the cancer when it is at an advanced stage.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure, it is important that you act fast in seeking treatment and an experienced asbestos attorney so you and your family can seek compensation. 

Addressing asbestos exposure issues in court

There are currently many South Carolina residents, and others throughout the nation, who are dealing with adverse health conditions. Some have suffered from acute illnesses that came upon them suddenly, while others face chronic issues that have impeded their quality of life. In many situations, asbestos exposure is a causal factor of injury or illness.

There are various types of illness, several of which are life-threatening, associated with exposure to asbestos. This material contains microscopic fibers that may enter the lungs if ingested, resulting in serious infections or cancer. There are strict regulations regarding use of asbestos-containing materials, which are often found in old school buildings, airports, factories or homes.

Asbestos litigation far from over: Worker says he was bribed

At an old Westinghouse Research and Technology Center in a location several states away from South Carolina, workers were given the task to remove insulation containing asbestos from a particular area where it was surrounding pipes. One man, who had been employed as a painter for five years by the company overseeing the project, says he walked into the room and noticed that what the workers were doing did not appear to be in line with regulations regarding asbestos removal. Various events unfolded from there and have led to a highly acrimonious asbestos litigation situation.

The employers were a father and son team. The painter claims he went to his bosses to discuss the fact that he saw workers ripping and shredding insulation from around the pipes in the project room. He says he was told to stop talking and to keep anything he witnessed to himself.

What treatment options are available for mesothelioma victims?

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A mesothelioma diagnosis usually comes as a shock to the victim and family members. One of the first questions patients have is regarding treatment options.

These options may vary depending on many factors: What stage the cancer is at, whether the cancer is malignant mesothelioma, whether the cancer has spread, etc.

Controversy rises regarding asbestos exposure and halted project

Affluent neighborhoods exist in South Carolina just as they do in other parts of the nation. Those who live in or frequent such locations typically understand the emphasis placed on visual presentation. No one wants to go shopping in one of the most highly rated ends of a particular town only to find a half-constructed/half-demolished building that many believe will never be completed. That somewhat describes the scene in one state where possible asbestos exposure has thwarted builders' plans to finish a construction project.

The building in question houses a Safeway and a Chase Bank. There were plans to develop the building and area further; however, when asbestos was discovered in the roof tiles, all systems were no longer go. City officials have assured everyone in the vicinity that no asbestos leached into the air.

Mesothelioma is more than just a commercial

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How many times have you heard a mesothelioma commercial on TV? They often start out with, "If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma..."

Most people don't stop to think about these commercials, or mesothelioma, for that matter. Understandably, most people aren't forced to think about mesothelioma until receiving a diagnosis.

A reminder to review our Mesothelioma patient guide

The diagnosis is mesothelioma and not COPD or pneumonia after persistent flu-like systems would not go away. What happens now? Recently, we wrote some resources (a white paper and slide share summary) for patients and families facing this situation. They answer the below questions and more.

What causes mesothelioma? The only definitive one is asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are uniquely able to get past your body's defense mechanisms because of their long, thin structure. The fibers lodge in tissues where they can cause scarring and eventually cause cancer to develop.

Several combined treatments may help mesothelioma patients

Trying to achieve as high quality a life as possible when suffering from a chronic, adverse health condition is a challenge that may seem insurmountable at times. Even if one is not directly affected but is a primary caretaker of a South Carolina loved one who is, life may never be the same. Where certain conditions are concerned, such as mesothelioma, there is no known cure, the knowledge of which often adds to the stress of a particular situation.

Diagnosing mesothelioma often involves chest x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging and computer tomography scanning. If this dreaded disease was contracted on the job, it can be difficult to get the care needed and the benefits to which one may be entitled. Knowing there are new treatment options available may be provide much needed encouragement and support.

Teachers may be concerned with this asbestos exposure situation

When South Carolina schools reopen to students and faculty each year, it's typically assumed that school administrators have checked to make sure school buildings and surrounding premises are safe. Officials in another state have issued an urgent statement that has many teachers and families gravely concerned regarding an apparent asbestos exposure incident that occurred while maintenance was going on at the school. School administrators say they're doing all they can to be forthright and quick-acting to keep their staff and student-body as safe as possible.

The accident happened when a maintenance worker was using a sanding machine in one of the school's classrooms. It was reportedly already known that the tile flooring in the room contained asbestos. The worker's intent was to sand a wax coating that was covering the asbestos-laden tiles; however, in the process of carrying out his duties, the sander allegedly bore through the wax coating into the asbestos layers of tile thus releasing the potentially dangerous microscopic particles of asbestos into the air.

Where to seek support for mesothelioma issues in South Carolina

Many types of jobs place South Carolina residents at risk for personal injury. As much the same throughout the nation, some jobs are obviously more dangerous than others. In certain circumstances, a main issue is often asbestos exposure and the many health concerns associated with such materials, such as mesothelioma and other lung diseases.

Asbestos products are often found in old buildings, such as schools or apartment complexes. There are typically very strict regulations (that may vary by state) that govern the removal of items containing asbestos from any structure or premises. Property owners, employers and others may be held liable if they order removal of asbestos-laden items without adhering to existing restrictions.

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