If you have worked in the past for any period of time with asbestos due to your work or occupation, then you need to know that if you haven’t been protected enough you may suffer from a condition called mesothelioma. One of the rarest forms of this condition is called epithelial mesothelioma, however it is not a disease that can be passed from human to human, rather it is a disease that is contracted due to asbestos exposure.
The people working in the Kent cigarettes factory in the 50s, when the company used asbestos to manufacture the filters, have been exposed to the handling of asbestos. Incredibly, it is from there that some mesothelioma cases have been generated.
The epithelial mesothelioma condition develops more often in men than women and 3 cases out of 4 are people aged more than 65. The majority of these cases are manifested by people who used to work with asbestos material or have been exposed for a long time to its presence.
The workers who used to handle asbestos in insulation have been found to develop this condition and although it is not contagious, the family members of the workers are known to present other forms of cancer such as lung cancer, kidney or larynx.
This situation is possibly due to the fact that many fibers of this mineral are caught in the clothes and the hair of the person who works with asbestos and as such the family members can get infected by breathing these fibers.
The form of epithelial mesothelioma that was known to be very rare 20 years ago, now has increased its rate of incidence from 7 to 40 in 1 million in Western countries especially those well-developed from the industrial point of view. This increased rate will depend on how much asbestos was used in the past with people being exposed to due to their field of work.
Since this conditions development can be considered the employers’ fault, many workers have resorted to law courts filing mesothelioma lawsuits against these corporations. Needless to say that the condition was in fact developing a long time after the asbestos exposure took place, because the inhaling process lead the lethal particles to various organs where they settled there for a while without manifesting sometimes for decades.
Once the disease is discovered radiotherapy is employed but mostly to bring relief to the patient’s pains caused by the mesothelioma cancer condition. As has already been stated in other articles, those suffering from this condition are urged to find an asbestos cancer attorney as soon as possible in order to file the lawsuit and make the responsible ones pay for their faults which generated lethal condition of an epithelial mesothelioma.