Asbestos-Related Cancers – Throat, Esophagus
Studies have found links between asbestos exposure and cancers of the throat (larynx, pharynx) and esophagus. These findings mean that thousands of workers exposed to asbestos may be entitled to certain benefits and compensation. If you or a loved one is suffering from mesothelioma, throat cancer or esophageal cancer as a result of asbestos exposure, contact the asbestos cancer attorneys at Ward Black Law. The law limits the time you have to act, so call (1-800-531-9191) or schedule a free case consultation online today.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in many types of rocks and soil around the world. Formed in groups of fibers, asbestos is resistant to heat, fire and chemicals. It also does not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used by industries for many years – to insulate factories and schools, to make roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, etc. – since the Industrial Revolution.
However, as asbestos-related cancers became known in the mid to late-20th century, measures were taken to reduce asbestos exposure, such as establishing exposure standards and banning the use of asbestos in new construction materials. Since then, asbestos exposure has dropped dramatically in the U.S., but it is still used in some products and seen in older building, pipes, etc.
Most people are exposed to asbestos at some point during their lives. Low levels of asbestos are present in the air, water and soil. However, most people do not get cancer or other asbestos-related diseases as a result of that limited exposure. Those individuals most at risk for mesothelioma, asbestos cancer or other asbestos-related diseases are those who have worked directly with an asbestos-containing product or in an environment with significant exposure to asbestos.
Health hazards have been raised to individuals such as demolition workers, drywall removers, asbestos removal workers, firefighters, automobile workers and military veterans. According to the American Cancer Society, several other factors can help determine how asbestos exposure may affect an individual, including:
- Dose – how much asbestos an individual was exposed to
- Duration – how long an individual was exposed to asbestos
- Size, shape, chemical composition of asbestos an individual was exposed to
- Individual risk factors – ex. smoking or pre-existing lung problems
- Source of asbestos exposure – where the individual was exposed to asbestos
What to Do Following Asbestos Exposure
If you were exposed to asbestos at work, discuss the situation with your employee health and safety representative or employer. If needed, contact the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for more information or to schedule an inspection. If you live in an older home or a home with suspected asbestos-containing products, schedule an air quality test of the premises. Regardless, it is important to assess the amount of your asbestos exposure.
Talk to your doctor about scheduling regular health checkups to look for signs of asbestos-related diseases. Some doctors may recommend that those regularly exposed to asbestos get regular chest x-rays, CT scans and lung function tests. Tell your doctor if you start to feel any shortness of breath, new or worsening cough, pain or tightness in the chest, trouble swallowing or unintended weight loss.
Treatment of Asbestos Cancer
Those diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer, such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer or throat cancer, typically have several treatment options available to them. However, like other forms of cancer, asbestos-related cancer is a serious, sometimes even fatal health issue. If you have already been diagnosed with an asbestos-related cancer, there are places you may go for financial aid, including state workers’ compensation programs, the Federal Employees’ Compensation Program, etc.
Filing a Claim
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer, contact Ward Black Law. We may be able to help with workers’ compensation benefits and actions against responsible parties, including compensation for any lost wages and medical care.
Ward Black Law has successfully represented more than 800 people with asbestos-related diseases. Our asbestos cancer lawyers have more than 20 years’ experience getting compensation for people with asbestos-related cancer. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos at work or at home or have been diagnosed with lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer or throat cancer, our asbestos lawyers are standing by at 336-333-2244 or 1-877-256-1214 (toll-free). You may also reach Ward Black Law by email or online inquiry.