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Asbestos and its link to mesothelioma and other cancers

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that most commonly affects the outer lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma can also affect the lining of the abdomen, the lining of the heart, and the testicles.

While Mesothelioma is rare, it is highly linked to asbestos exposure. The American Cancer Society writes that people are most often exposed to asbestos at work or through living with someone exposed regularly to asbestos.

Types of asbestos

There are two types of asbestos linked to cancer.

  • Chrysotile - Also called white asbestos, it is commonly used in industrial applications and is spiral in shape.
  • Amphibole - Fibers of this type of asbestos are straight and needle like. The fibers include brown and blue asbestos with various sub-varieties available.

Other types of cancer linked to asbestos exposure

Most people are aware of mesothelioma. However, there are other types of cancers that are caused by asbestos exposure.

Studies have shown a connection between asbestos exposure and the following types of cancer:

  • Cancers of the throat, pharynx (voice box) and hypopharynx
  • Ovaries
  • Stomach and intestinal lining
  • Colon and rectum

Exposure to asbestos can also cause the lung disease asbestosis - a scarring of the lining of the lung which creates difficulty breathing and a chronic cough.

Other lung cancers with a link to asbestos are small and non-small cell carcinomas.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer caused by asbestos exposure at work, you deserve to learn about your legal options. Talk to an attorney in a free consultation by calling 866-594-8765.

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