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As the second leading cause of death among men in the United States, prostate cancer is associated with numerous risk factors, including occupational asbestos exposure. When asbestos fibers enter the body, they can embed themselves in the lining of any organ and even migrate, which increases the chances of developing cancer significantly. The resourceful lawyers at Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. are specialists when it comes to cases involving asbestos exposure and will strive to obtain maximum compensation for your injury.

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Exposure to Asbestos Increases the Risk of Prostate Cancer by 36%

The causal relationship between asbestos exposure and prostate cancer has been investigated since 1980 when the first study in this respect emerged. According to the researchers at The American College of Chest Physicians, toxic fibers were found in the tumors of 14 out of 37 people who died of prostate cancer and had been working with asbestos on a regular basis.

However, the most recent study regarding the correlation between occupational asbestos exposure and prostate cancer was published in 2017 in the medical journal Lancet Public Health. It revealed that even short-term exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of prostate cancer, as well as colorectal cancer, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.

While asbestos is rarely present in occupational settings nowadays, it is crucial to note that once inhaled or ingested, most fibers remain in the body for the rest of your life. Subsequently, if you handled asbestos on the job several decades ago, the risk will not decrease over time. The heavier the exposure, the more chances of developing a related disease, as is also the case of prostate cancer. Once in the body, asbestos fibers can reach the prostate via the bloodstream or the lymphatic system, since they are extremely small and needle-like.

Another way asbestos can travel to the prostate is if you already suffer from a disease such as mesothelioma. While cancer spreads, the chances of asbestos fibers to reach it increase, as the tumor moves closer to the lower side of the body. If asbestos fibers become stuck in the lining of the prostate, they will gradually cause severe inflammation and scarring, which is very likely to ultimately lead to a malignant tumor growing.

Common Prostate Cancer Symptoms and Problems After Asbestos Exposure

If you suffer from prostate cancer, these are some of the symptoms you may experience:

  • blood in your urine
  • a burning sensation while urinating
  • frequent urination
  • blood in the seminal fluid
  • pressure in the rectum
  • loss of bladder control
  • sudden erectile dysfunction
  • pain while sitting
  • interrupted urine flow
  • swollen legs
  • dribbling urine
  • numbness in the legs or hips
  • painful ejaculation
  • a decrease in the amount of semen
  • unexplained weight loss

Prostate Cancer Misdiagnosis and Asbestos Exposure Work History

Shockingly, according to a study led by Cambridge University, approximately half of the prostate cancer cases are misdiagnosed. This is especially worrisome when it comes to asbestos exposure, as prostate cancer which has this as the cause tends to progress faster and is more aggressive than the regular disease. Some of the conditions and diseases prostate cancer is often mistaken for are urinary tract infections, kidney cancer, bladder stones, overactive bladder, bladder cancer, kidney stones or enlarged prostate. Receiving the wrong diagnosis will decrease your chances of benefiting from appropriate treatment and will also hinder your prognosis tremendously. For this reason, if you experience any of the above symptoms, we strongly advise you to seek multiple opinions from medical experts, as prostate cancer has one of the highest misdiagnosis rates at the moment.

If you have a history of workplace asbestos exposure, it is all the more important to keep a close eye on your health and undergo regular screenings to prevent late detection of a potentially malignant tumor. However, the good news is that in the event prostate cancer is discovered in its early stages, the recovery rates are over 95%. Therefore, being vigilant with regard to your health is crucial and looking for a second and even a third opinion will help you avoid prostate cancer misdiagnosis.

Asbestos Exposure Prostate Cancer Victims Are Eligible for Compensation

Have you been diagnosed with prostate cancer and also have a history of occupational asbestos exposure? If so, please contact our specialized attorneys at your earliest convenience, as they have the necessary resources to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injury. Today, asbestos trust funds pay out money to victims of exposure, which simplifies the legal process to a great extent. All you have to do is provide our team with your work and medical records and we will gladly take over your case from there. Nevertheless, keep in mind that acting quickly is key, as there is a statute of limitations which – if expires – will prevent you from receiving the compensation you are entitled to.

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Family Members with a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Due to Asbestos Exposure

Men who handled asbestos on the job are not the only individuals at risk for developing prostate cancer today. Because secondary asbestos exposure was so widespread throughout the last century, the health of their family members may also be in danger. There were numerous ways in which secondary exposure would take place in a household, such as when children were greeting their father upon returning from work, covered in asbestos dust. Roughly 10% of those who suffer from asbestos-related diseases at the moment are victims of secondary exposure. Consequently, if you inhabited the same house as a family member who would work with asbestos, chances are you inhaled and ingested a significant amount of carcinogenic fibers.

With over 25 years of experience in asbestos litigation, our lawyers are here to assist you with recovering fair compensation for your diagnosis. If you have prostate cancer, as well as a former asbestos worker in your family, your disease is very likely to have been caused by contact with toxic fibers. Our medical specialists can also help you determine whether this is your case. In the event your injury is related to asbestos exposure – namely asbestos fibers are found in the tumor – we will begin working on your case to recover the maximum compensation you are eligible for from one or multiple asbestos trust funds.

If you have a history of asbestos exposure and you were a smoker, you CAN file a claim to recover compensation.

Lost a Family Member to Asbestos Prostate Cancer? Our Lawyers Will Recover Compensation on Their Behalf

Some asbestos victims who suffer from prostate cancer due to asbestos exposure are reluctant to seek legal help during their lifetime and this is by no means uncommon. Whether they fear a never-ending process in which they need to actively participate or believe their disease does not qualify for compensation, there are numerous people who pass away without benefiting from the money they would have deserved and which could have ease their financial burden.

Nonetheless, it is possible for a family member to file a claim and recover compensation on behalf of a deceased person who had been diagnosed with asbestos-related prostate cancer. The legal process is relatively simple, as the money will also come from asbestos trust funds in this situation. You only need to provide our lawyers with your loved one’s employment and medical records, as well as with his death certificate. However, you should know that the time is limited, as the effective statute of limitations allows you to file a claim only within 1 to 3 years from the date of death, depending on the state. Thus, it is better to seek legal assistance as soon as possible, although we know how difficult that might be for you after you lose a dear one.

How Do Our Attorneys Carry Out Prostate Cancer Cases?

Trying to recover compensation for asbestos-caused prostate cancer might prove to be a challenging endeavor. Nevertheless, our skillful lawyers and their resourceful team are ready to handle any asbestos case, regardless of its complexity.

When it comes to prostate cancer cases, this is how we usually handle them:

  • after the client contacts us, we ask for his or their family member’s employment and medical records so as to properly assess the situation
  • in the meantime, our team of experts will conduct additional research to gather more information about the company he worked for, the products he was exposed to and other crucial aspects
  • when the asbestos claim is completed and ready to be submitted, it will go to one or multiple asbestos trust funds, depending on the number of companies the client was an employee of
  • within 3 to 6 months, resolution ensues, and our client begins receiving his money in monthly installments

OUR LEGAL PROCESS IN PROSTATE CANCER CASES

I you were exposed to asbestos the risk of developing prostate cancer increases by 36%.