Posted on May 08th, 2020
Because asbestos fibers can travel from the lungs to the bladder through the bloodstream over the years, people with a history of asbestos exposure may develop bladder cancer along with lung disease. For this reason, it is important to determine the primary origin of the asbestos fibers in their body.
Every year, over 81,000 people receive a bladder cancer diagnosis throughout the United States, a significant number of whom also struggle with a form of lung disease as a result of occupational or military asbestos exposure. Since bladder cancer alone does not qualify a person with a history of asbestos exposure for recovering compensation, the pulmonary disease they suffer from must also be diagnosed. However, many individuals who were exposed to asbestos are not aware that their lungs have been affected by the asbestos fibers they inhaled, which is why they need to undergo screening to determine whether asbestos fibers are present in their lungs. If they are, they immediately qualify for compensation from asbestos trust funds and, if they are a veteran, from the VA as well.
Since once inside the body, asbestos fibers can easily travel through the bloodstream to other organs, they can also reach the bladder, to which they will attach and gradually cause inflammation and tissue scarring.
Over the years, these symptoms may give way to bladder cancer. However, in the majority of people with a history of asbestos exposure, the primary origin of the asbestos fibers is in their lungs, as inhalation is the main way of exposure.
Thereby, asbestos fibers can travel to the bladder from the lungs and malignant tumors may develop inside the organ.
While the asbestos fibers in their lungs may not cause any symptoms in some asbestos exposure victims, they may lead to the development of malignant and benign pulmonary diseases, such as:
Consequently, if you suffer from one of the diseases and conditions above, you are at high risk of developing bladder cancer if asbestos exposure is involved. Asbestos fibers may reach the bladder through the bloodstream following inhalation, in which case they will attach themselves to the outer lining of the bladder, as well as following ingestion, after which they will become embedded to the inside of the organ. Bladder cancer whose cause is asbestos exposure occurs in approximately 10,000 people in the country annually.
If you have a history of asbestos exposure without a diagnosis but experience the following symptoms, we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention, as you may have a form of lung disease: