Asbestos was commonly used as a fireproofing and insulation through the late 1980s. Employees who worked in asbestos manufacturing plants or were exposed to asbestos regularly are at risk of developing mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma cancer affects the mesothelial lining of the chest, lungs, and abdomen. Due to its long latency period, typically 20 years or more, it is often overlooked until it is too late. Mesothelioma is usually diagnosed in the late stages of cancer where survival rates are low.
People who have been exposed to asbestos are strongly encouraged to see a doctor, even if they do not have any symptoms, such as coughing, fatigue or shortness of breath. Catching this type of cancer early is difficult, but it can make a significant difference in the length of your life.
The main types of companies that worked with asbestos whose workers are at risk of mesothelioma include thermal insulation manufacturers, fireproofing manufacturers, asbestos fiber suppliers, industrial boiler companies, turbine companies, gasket companies, and plaster and wallboard compound manufacturers. Also, if you worked for a company that has gone bankrupt since 1999 and is working on a 524 (g) plan, you may be at risk.
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