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Posted on July 13th, 2020
People who frequently touch asbestos without protective gear may develop skin warts which later may turn into skin cancer. While you cannot recover compensation for skin cancer which may be the consequence of asbestos exposure, we can help you file a claim if you are also struggling with another asbestos-related disease.
During the last century, asbestos was present in over 75 industries, as well as in the military, which is why today, 20% of former industrial workers and 30% of veterans struggle with a serious disease as a consequence of exposure. While asbestos exposure mainly causes respiratory diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, there is medical evidence that it may also lead to the development of skin cancer, although more research is necessary in this respect. It is important to note that, if you came to suffer from skin cancer and have a history of asbestos exposure, you are not eligible for compensation unless you have a disease which qualifies you for filing a claim. The following diseases make you eligible for filing a claim with asbestos trust funds and with the VA:
When you touch asbestos on a regular basis without protective equipment such as gloves, warts may develop, as asbestos fibers are highly toxic and irritating for the skin. Over the years, these asbestos warts may turn malignant, and thereby you will receive a diagnosis of skin cancer. The symptoms of asbestos warts include a burning or itching sensation, pain, tingling, redness, and rashes. Because asbestos fibers have a rough texture, they can easily penetrate the skin, subsequently causing warts and severe inflammation. Nevertheless, if you only have skin cancer as a result of asbestos exposure, our law firm cannot help you file a claim with the asbestos trust funds or the VA to recover compensation, as there is not enough medical evidence supporting the causal relation between asbestos exposure and skin cancer.
According to a study conducted by the University of Hawaii, asbestos skin warts may be a telltale sign of mesothelioma in people with a history of asbestos exposure. Researchers state that the skin warts which develop after touching asbestos on a regular basis indicate a gene mutation. This mutation, which occurs in the BAP1 gene, may indicate that a person is highly susceptible to developing mesothelioma or that they already suffer from it. The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. For this reason, people who developed skin warts from asbestos exposure need to undergo a regular medical examination, as their risk of developing mesothelioma is very high. The study was published in the Journal of Translational Medicine in 2012. "Identifying this gene as a cause of several cancers can tell us who is at risk in a family before cancer develops", says Dr. Michele Carbone, a renowned mesothelioma researcher and the lead author of the study.