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Malignant mesothelioma cancer from secondary asbestos exposure

Written by Jason Wentworth
Friday, 23 April 2010 17:15

It has been reported that a 73-year-old British woman has been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer from secondary asbestos exposure. It is believed that her malignant mesothelioma was caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers from her father’s clothing as she washed his clothes.  This incidence of asbestos exposure occurred decades ago.The woman’s father worked as a bricklayer from 1937 to 1969. It is highly probable that the father was exposed to asbestos in this line of work because the use of asbestos was prevalent in the construction industry. Certain physical properties of asbestos – its flexibility and fire-resistant characteristic made the mineral popular for use in construction. As a result, many construction workers have developed asbestos-related illnesses such as peritoneal mesothelioma, pleural mesothelioma and other types of malignant mesothelioma.Sadly, as this woman’s experience demonstrates, it is not only people who have worked with asbestos-containing products who are at risk of developing mesothelioma but also people who have lived with asbestos workers. Household members of asbestos workers can easily inhale the asbestos fibers that cling to the clothing of asbestos workers. The woman recalled that her father would come home covered in dust. Activities such as washing clothes containing asbestos fibers can result in deadly asbestos exposure.

Further, according to the National Cancer Institute, it can take several decades for mesothelioma symptoms to appear. Thus, asbestos exposure never ceases to be a threat to one who has been exposed. The woman’s mesothelioma symptoms included shortness of breath. Other mesothelioma symptoms include blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, fever and weight loss. If you or some one you lived with worked with asbestos products and you are exhibiting mesothelioma symptoms, consider contacting a healthcare professional to get tested for asbestos-related illnesses.

This press release was prepared by the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg. Weitz & Luxenberg is a New York law firm that specializes in helping people with mesothelioma obtain financial assistance through mesothelioma lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, contact a Weitz & Luxenberg mesothelioma lawyer for a free case review by visiting www.weitzlux.com. For information on jobs that involve the risk of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, visit www.mesotheliomajobs.com.

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