[Mesothelioma] can lie dormant after exposure for between 20 to 50 years, meaning workers who were exposed decades earlier may just now be displaying symptoms.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) September 18, 2014
Mesothelioma is inextricably linked to asbestos exposure, and has an unusually low survival rate. The attorneys at Phillips Law Group are bringing attention to this disease through their observation of Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2014, and by providing information to the public about tips which could lead to early detection of this deadly cancer(1).
TAKE STEPS AFTER OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS
Workers who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos on the job should actively try to protect their health.
First, workers should quit smoking. Those who have been exposed to asbestos can significantly decrease their risk of mesothelioma lung cancer by quitting smoking as soon as possible.
Second, speak with a physician who is knowledgeable about the treatment of asbestos. Schedule yearly chest x-rays or lung function tests to catch any lung deterioration early.
Finally, seek treatment promptly for any lung or respiratory diseases, and always get vaccines against the flu, pneumonia, or any other disease which may affect the health of your lungs(2).
ASBESTOS EXPOSURE CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS DECADES LATER
Even though the use of asbestos is heavily regulated in the United States, approximately 3,000 people each year are still diagnosed with mesothelioma. The disease can lie dormant after exposure for between 20 to 50 years, meaning workers who were exposed decades earlier may just now be displaying symptoms.(3)
Workers who have been exposed to asbestos through their job and are now dealing with mesothelioma cancer or other asbestos-related illness may have legal recourse against their employers. Those who have been exposed to asbestos at work and believe they may have a claim may contact Phillips Law Group for a free, confidential consultation about their legal options.
ABOUT PHILLIPS LAW GROUP
The attorneys at Phillips Law Group have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for their clients, and have several offices conveniently located to serve a wide variety of legal needs. The Phoenix-based firm practices in multiple areas of the law, and offers free and confidential initial consultations. For more information on the firm, contact the Phillips Law Group by visiting http://www.phillipslaw.com or call (800) 706-3000.
Phillips Law Group
3101 North Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(1) Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, http://www.curemeso.org/site/c.duIWJfNQKiL8G/b.8578113/k.7E50/Mesothelioma_Awareness_Day__Mesothelioma_Applied_Research_Foundation.htm
(2) American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/intheworkplace/asbestos
(3) Journal of Occupational Medicine, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1494965