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Posted on January 05th, 2019
While lung diseases are the most present diseases among victims of exposure to asbestos, asbestos-related cancer can also affect other organs. The respiratory, immunologic, and gastrointestinal systems are adversely affected by asbestos dust inhalation and ingestion. According to medical studies, asbestos fibers can reach one of these areas by traveling through the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. Once asbestos fibers attach themselves to an organ, damage involving severe inflammation and tissue scarring will gradually take place. However, diseases may remain unidentified when doctors do not include your occupational history in their clinical evaluation.
Because regulations on asbestos usage have been implemented in the 1970s and the mineral has a known long latency period, medical specialists anticipate that asbestos-related diseases will only become more prevalent in the following years.
It is important to know that people who are diagnosed with cancers affecting the immunologic, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal systems as a result of asbestos exposure often have another disease affecting their health. This underlying disease may remain unidentified by medical professionals considering the fact that their symptoms closely resemble those of more common diseases.
Underlying asbestos diseases can range from asbestosis to COPD and are affecting their lungs - the organs where asbestos fibers have initially settled. Unfortunately, many medical professionals focus exclusively on the more common cancer and fail to diagnose the underlying disease, be it out of lack of experience or negligence.
That is why, we strongly advise you to get thoroughly evaluated by a pulmonologist if you suffer from throat, esophageal, gastrointestinal, or colorectal cancer and you suspect that it might be related to your asbestos exposure.
Seeking a second or even third opinion is crucial not only for your prognosis but also for your ability to recover financial compensation for your injuries. You can only get compensation from asbestos trust funds when the link between your disease and asbestos exposure is clearly established.
Therefore, if, for instance, you have a colon cancer diagnosis, your asbestos claim will not be paid out, as the evidence supporting the causal relationship between your illness and asbestos exposure will be deemed insufficient. So if you suspect that your cancer diagnosis is linked to your occupational exposure to the mineral, you need to undergo screening in order to establish the presence of fibers in your lungs, where they have initially settled. It is also important to know that the presence of asbestos fibers in your lungs alone is, most of the time, enough evidence that your disease is asbestos-related, so you do not necessarily have to suffer from a pulmonary disease per se in order to be eligible for compensation.
A B-reader, who specializes in analyzing and classifying X-rays of occupational lung diseases, is the most suitable medical expert to evaluate your chest X-rays. They will be able to tell you with certainty whether there are asbestos fibers in your lungs, as well as whether they have caused any significant damage so far. Seeking their opinion might let you recover the financial compensation you deserve from asbestos trust funds.
With over 25 years of medical practice, the B-readers we work with will eagerly come to your assistance and carefully evaluate your most recent chest X-ray. When asbestos fibers or lung disease are discovered, our attorneys, who have been helping victims of toxic exposure since 1990, will subsequently help you claim the money you are entitled to in the shortest time possible.