Asbestos was once frequently used in a wide range of industries, from automobiles to manufacturing to construction and much more. For those working in these types of industries, exposure to asbestos was not only common but, at one point in time, even routine. Decades later, many of these workers are now suffering the serious health consequences of that exposure. The fatal cancer mesothelioma is just one such illness that impacts victims in South Carolina.
Mesothelioma most commonly shows up in victims' lungs, although it is also possible to develop mesothelioma in the abdomen, heart lining and testicles. Pleural mesothelioma -- the kind that shows up in the lungs -- is responsible for 75 percent of all mesothelioma diagnoses. Victims with this type of cancer generally report having trouble breathing. Fluid can also build up in the lungs, which it difficult and painful to breath.
Since the primary symptoms of mesothelioma -- trouble breathing and coughing -- can also be indications of other diseases, those who are experiencing such symptoms should consult with their doctor. Young adults who have not been exposed to asbestos likely do not have to worry about discovering that they have mesothelioma. Those at the highest risk are generally older adults who were employed in occupations that involved asbestos. In some cases, mesothelioma and its symptoms can take as long as 50 years to develop.
Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is a traumatizing experience. After diagnosis, most South Carolina patients are not given much time to live. Civil suits pursued against those responsible for asbestos exposure -- including employers and manufacturers -- can help victims achieve necessary compensation for things like medical expenses, loss of income, physical pain and suffering and much more. Need more information about mesothelioma and your options for legal recourse? Be sure to visit our website.