According to research conducted by a pair of Polish scientists, people who’ve been exposed to asbestos can never stop worrying about being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Unlike other forms of cancer where the risk diminishes as years go by, those who have been exposed to asbestos have increased risk with each passing decade.
This conclusion is the result of a study that included a total of 131 patients diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma who were followed by Beata Swiatkoska and Neonila Szeszenia-Debroska of the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine. In comparing the group to the results obtained from several hundred participants in a 14-year health study of those at risk for asbestos-related diseases, they found that there is no diminishment of risk once a person has been exposed to the deadly carcinogen, and that in fact, with each passing year the risk increases. “The results show that the risk of pleural mesothelioma continued to increase even after 40 years since the last exposure,” they write in the scientific journal Lung Cancer.
This is sobering and frightening news for anybody that has worked with or near asbestos, and particularly for those who worked with a combination of different types of asbestos. The researchers also found that some types of asbestos are more deadly than others, and that those who have been exposed to a combination of different types are at five times greater risk than those who were only exposed to chrysotile asbestos. The most deadly of all the types is the “blue asbestos”, also known as crocidolite.
Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used throughout the first half of the 20th century, and even into the 1970s. Though its use has been dramatically curtailed in recent years, it does still continue. Additionally, there is a great deal of asbestos that remains in place from the days of its earlier use. People are still at great risk for exposure, and once exposed the fear of being diagnosed can never be eliminated. Though researchers aren’t positive as to why this is, many believe it is because the fibers of the carcinogen are so sharp that it becomes permanently embedded in the cells of the body once it has been inhaled or ingested. Once in place, it always has the potential to cause inflammation, cell damage, and mutations that lead to mesothelioma.
If you have been diagnosed with this deadly disease, it is important for you to know your legal rights. Asbestos manufacturers were aware of the dangers of asbestos when they exposed innocent victims to its risks, and for that reason they can be held legally responsible for the damage that the material has done. For more information, contact us at 1-800-966-2244 and be put in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer who can help.