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The importance of early asbestos lung cancer diagnosis

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on June 27th, 2019

To prevent the necessity of a lung transplant, people who have a history of asbestos exposure on the job should undergo a medical examination at least once a year. Early diagnosis can be lifesaving. A B-reader is a medical professional who can best evaluate your X-rays.

Early diagnosis of asbestos lung cancer is very important because malignant cells can spread to other areas of the body before being detected in the lungs. The disease is much more difficult to treat when this spread or metastasis has occurred.

While asbestos exposure can affect multiple organs in the body, it is mostly the lungs that are damaged by the inhalation of the airborne fibers of this carcinogenic mineral. Although lung cancer is primarily caused by exposure to cigarette smoking, a significant number of people come to suffer from this debilitating illness because they experienced occupational asbestos exposure.

It is important to know that lung cancer takes between 20 and 50 years to develop in a person who inhaled asbestos dust, so periodical asbestos screening and medical examinations become vital to their health and could even save their lives. A simple chest X-ray can reveal whether your lungs are in good condition. Because asbestos lung cancer falls under the category of occupational diseases, a B-reader is the most suitable medical professional who can evaluate your X-rays.

Lung transplant risks

Over 2,000 people undergo a lung transplant in the U.S. annually. The risks of this procedure are numerous, including:

  • Kidney damage
  • Diabetes
  • Organ rejection
  • Cancer due to immunosuppressants
  • Stomach problems
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome
  • Reimplantation response
  • Infection
  • High blood pressure
  • Lymphoproliferative disorder
  • Liver cancer

To prevent the necessity of a lung transplant, people who have a history of occupational asbestos exposure should undergo a medical examination at least once a year. Because lung cancer related to asbestos exposure is a silent disease that develops without the patient experiencing any serious symptoms until the illness reaches advanced stages, it is essential to have your lungs checked regularly by a medical professional. This way, if your disease is diagnosed early, you can benefit from the healthcare and medication you need before it completely affects your lungs.

Free asbestos screening in Birmingham, AL

ELG Law has found that diagnostic tests, such as PFT and the physical may be done incorrectly, that is why we help our clients with medical assistance. However, at the moment, we can only offer free asbestos screening in Birmingham, AL. If you can travel to Birmingham, we can facilitate for you free asbestos testing.

If you are a victim of asbestos exposure, our B-readers will provide you with free screening, so do not hesitate to contact Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. Not sure if you qualify for an asbestos trust fund? Call us at 205.328.9200 to connect with our attorneys who are well-versed in asbestos-related cases and can help you through the trust fund claiming process.

In the unfortunate case you developed lung cancer as a result of occupational asbestos exposure, first and foremost we send our best thoughts to you and your family. Our attorneys are here to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. We will file a claim with one or multiple trust funds, depending on how many companies exposed you to the toxic mineral, a legal process that requires no litigation. If you are in this situation, we strongly encourage you to contact us as we can help you get the fairest compensation your asbestos claim is worth.