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The importance of finding the primary origin of cancer in asbestos exposure victims

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on May 08th, 2020

Since numerous asbestos exposure victims struggle with more than one malignant diseases, identifying the primary origin of the cancer is crucial for a correct diagnosis and adequate treatment, as well as for qualifying for compensation, as only certain cancers make one eligible for compensation.

Those who develop a form of cancer as a result of asbestos exposure find out about their disease when it has already spread to other organs or areas of the body, identifying the primary origin of the cancer is very important for a correct diagnosis, as well as for qualifying for compensation. The majority of asbestos diseases are rarely accompanied by symptoms in their early phase, which is why most individuals receive their diagnosis when their disease is very advanced. It is important to know that diseases which occur as a consequence of asbestos exposure may take between 20 and 50 years to develop, making the patient less likely to experience symptoms when their cancer is in the first stage, as asbestos fibers cause damage to organs by producing inflammation and tissue scarring gradually. Therefore, identifying the primary origin of cancer is crucial in people who have multiple malignant diseases due to their initial cancer metastasizing.

How can the primary origin of cancer be found?

Unfortunately, a large number of asbestos exposure victims come to struggle with more than one form of cancer, as the diseases which stem from asbestos exposure are very aggressive, even though they develop slowly. Thereby, they are very likely to spread to adjacent organs and tissues in the body over time. Not rare are the cases in which asbestos exposure victims are diagnosed with multiple cancers, as their initial disease has metastasized to nearby organs in their body without the patient experiencing any symptoms. For instance, asbestos fibers can travel from the lungs to the colon through the bloodstream, where they will also cause malignant tumors to develop. As a consequence, the individual will receive a diagnosis of lung cancer, as well as of colon cancer. Similarly, lung cancer can easily spread to the brain, considering the close proximity of the two organs. In this situation, the patient will also receive two diagnoses if the primary origin of the cancer is not identified.

Determining which the primary origin of cancer is in a victim of asbestos exposure can be very challenging for medical specialists, even for those who have vast experience in diagnosing and treating diseases which occur as a result of asbestos exposure. However, by employing diagnostic tools such as a chest X-ray, a CT scan and a biopsy, the origin of the cancer can eventually be pinpointed in people with a history of asbestos exposure.

Which cancers qualify asbestos exposure victims for compensation?

It is important to know that only certain malignant diseases qualify a person for compensation from asbestos trust funds and, if they are a veteran, from the VA, as there must be a formal causal relation between asbestos exposure and the cancer in question established by the medical researchers. Consequently, only if you have one of the following cancers you can seek financial compensation:

However, if you have cancer in another part of the body, such as the kidneys, the liver, the pancreas or the bladder, and your primary cancer is found in one of the organs and areas above, you are still eligible for compensation. This is one of the reasons why the primary origin of cancer must be identified in asbestos victims who struggle with multiple malignant diseases. Furthermore, if your doctor is aware of the initial location of the cancer in your body, they will also be able to prescribe you appropriate and effective treatment to keep the disease under control. Consequently, finding the primary origin of cancer is important not only because it may qualify you for compensation, but also for a correct diagnosis and adequate treatment.

Free asbestos screenings and compensation for asbestos exposure victims

If you struggle with a form of cancer and have a history of asbestos exposure but do not have one of the diseases above, it is a good idea to have your lungs examined for asbestos fibers by a medical specialist, as the majority of cancers spread from the lungs in asbestos exposure victims. The medical experts we collaborate with have vast experience in diagnosing diseases, which occur as a consequence of asbestos exposure and will gladly evaluate you free of charge. They will thoroughly examine your chest X-ray to determine whether asbestos fibers are present in your lungs, in which case you qualify for compensation, regardless of your initial diagnosis.

With 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for the victims of asbestos exposure, our attorneys will help you file a claim with asbestos trust funds, as well as with the VA, if you are a veteran, and struggle with cancer. While the legal process is very complex and time-consuming, your involvement will be minimal, as you will only have to thoroughly explain your situation to our lawyers and provide them with your medical records and your employment or military records, which will be used as proof of diagnosis and asbestos exposure. We will strive to recover compensation on your behalf within the shortest time possible. Nevertheless, it is important to know that, in most states, asbestos exposure cases have a statute of limitations of 3 years, which should make taking legal action a priority for you.