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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. 

One of the biggest factors placing people at risk for Mesothelioma is repeated exposure to microscopic asbestos particles contained in various types of products, such as insulation, old floor tiles and other construction items. Merely being in close contact with another person who has been exposed to asbestos is also highly dangerous. Studies suggest there may be family history risks involved with this disease as well; those with family members who have Mesothelioma may be more prone to contracting the disease themselves.

When a South Carolina employer or other party has failed to disclose potential asbestos dangers and a person winds up victim to Mesothelioma or other illness, the law allows compensation for damages to be sought through the civil justice system. Third party testimony and medical evidence are often crucial components in asbestos litigation as each may help substantiate a particular claim. The process is often complicated and best undertaken alongside experienced representation.

Source:, "Mesothelioma Risk factors", Accessed on Oct. 11, 2017

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