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Can asbestos kill you?

For a long time after its discovery, asbestos was considered a protector—after all, it prevents fire and can insulate people against very hot or cold surfaces. But this innocent-looking mineral has proven to be among the most reliably deadly substances people can encounter.

The most distinctive way in which asbestos can kill you is through mesothelioma. This form of cancer affects the mesothelium, a type of tissue that surrounds organs such as the heart and digestive system. Asbestos fibers that are inhaled or swallowed travel through the body and become lodged in the mesothelium. There, they damage the cells’ DNA in a way that disrupts normal immune function and allows tumors to begin to form. The tumors can then spread to other parts of the body; this form of cancer is highly dangerous and difficult to catch in its early stages. Asbestos exposure is the cause of over 80% of mesothelioma, although others are caused by radiation or have no known cause. While the damage from the fibers can take 10, 20 or over 50 years to cause cancer, the connection has been firmly established.

Can asbestos kill you?

The way that asbestos claims most lives is through lung cancer. Though about 4 in 5 cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, those caused by asbestos account for 6 times as many deaths as mesothelioma. The basic mechanism causing the illness is the same in both cases: fibers become stuck in healthy tissue and cause mutations to cell DNA.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer resulting from asbestos exposure, you have important legal rights and may be entitled to a cash settlement.  Please call us today to get the facts.  Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill our online contact form and a lawyer will get back to you within 24 hours to answer your questions.    Operators are standing by.  We want to help you, so please make the call today.


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