Asbestos is an insulating material that is heat and fire resistant. In the past, asbestos was used widely in the:
- Building industry
- Ship building industry
- Manufacture of household appliances
- Motor industry
- Power stations
- Telephone exchanges
Prolonged exposure to asbestos can cause various cancers, including a lung cancer called mesothelioma. While cases of mesothelioma occur in men who have worked in manufacturing using asbestos or who have used asbestos products, some homeowners may also be at risk… especially if they are living in an environment with hidden asbestos.
Asbestos exposure is a very real, very DANGEROUS situation that can result in serious sickness like mesothelioma, or lung cancer.
Whether you came into contact with the asbestos 20 or 30 years ago, through your work, through the work of a family member, or because of your long-term proximity to an asbestos-producing factory or mine, early diagnosis and treatment is very important. Early detection and treatment can slow the progression of asbestos-related illnesses.
Aside from contacting a doctor for testing and treatment of mesothelioma, you should also contact a San Diego asbestos attorney. An attorney will be able to get you or a victimized family member compensation based on how that person came in contact with the asbestos. Who was responsible for the exposure? How bad are the asbestos’ effects on health?