Loose asbestos is a known carcinogen

Most people know that asbestos is dangerous. It's a naturally occurring mineral, and it's used in thousands of products, but it's most dangerous when loose in the air.

People who are around loose asbestos may breathe it in, and that can lead to scarring in the lungs. If they swallow the asbestos fibers, they can suffer scarring in the esophagus or other areas of the abdomen.

Did you know that asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma?

The rare form of cancer is difficult to treat, and it typically isn't discovered until it's too late to offer much other than medications that make the person's life more comfortable. Knowing this, you might ask why the mineral isn't banned in the United States. Since it isn't harmful in all products, it's still used today. Asbestos is a known carcinogen, but it's only banned in around 30 percent of the world.

What should you do if you develop an asbestos exposure-related health condition?

If you develop asbestosis, mesothelioma or other asbestos-related conditions, it's important for you to seek medical attention and to speak with your attorney. Your attorney can help you determine if you were exposed to asbestos while you were on the job. If so, then you may have the right to file a lawsuit for compensation, so that you can get the medical care you need at no cost to yourself. These conditions can be life-changing, but with help, you can have the financial support you need to make sure you're getting the best possible care for your condition.

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