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Homeowners’ Risk Mesothelioma Due to Hidden Asbestos

Asbestos in the HomeMost people have heard of mesothelioma, the rare and deadly form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. They are familiar with the disease because they hear about it on the news, or on advertising they see on television, but they tend to discount it because they assume that it is only a risk for those who worked with the deadly material. Unfortunately, asbestos poses a risk to many unsuspecting people. The carcinogen was once a popular building and insulation material, and though its use was largely discontinued in the United States by the 1980s, many homes, schools, and office buildings built before that time may still contain asbestos.

If you are concerned about your risk of mesothelioma as a result being unknowingly exposed to asbestos, there are a couple of questions that you need to find the answers for. Of primary concern is the age of the building in which you live or work. If it was built prior to 1970 then there is a very good chance that asbestos may be hidden in the insulation of your pipes, ceiling or walls. Though this asbestos does not pose a problem when it is in place, should it be dislodged or damaged then the fibers that are released into the air could pose a threat.

Another thing that Americans need to pay attention to is the content of the products that they purchase. Though we do not use asbestos in the United States on a widespread basis, other countries have not discontinued their use. A recent study found that asbestos was present in foreign-made children’s crayons, and it is often used in brake pads and other automobile parts that are made in China.

If you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos and are concerned that you might be at risk for mesothelioma, there are a few things you need to know. First, be aware that the symptoms of mesothelioma often take decades to appear – in some cases it may take as long as 50 to 70 years for the signs to begin to show. Those signs include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Coughing that won’t go away
  • Pain in the chest

Many people mistake these symptoms for the common cold or flu. If you know that you were exposed to asbestos years ago, inform your physician that you believe you may be at risk so that you don’t lose valuable time in diagnosing the condition.

The fact that so many innocent people have been exposed to this deadly carcinogen and the risk of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases is the fault of asbestos companies. These company owners were aware of asbestos’ dangers, but chose to keep the information secret in order to continue earning profits. Today they are being held legally responsible for the damage that they have caused. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, call the attorneys at Danziger & De Llano. We will set up a free consultation to discuss your situation and advise you of your rights.

Terri Oppenheimer

Terri Oppenheimer is an experienced blog writer, editor, and proofreader. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in English. She specializes in providing content for websites and finds tremendous enjoyment in the things she learns while doing her research. Her specific areas of expertise include health, medical research, and law.

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