You should quit smoking to try to prevent mesothelioma if you know that you were exposed to asbestos, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In addition, you should discuss your history of asbestos exposure and other risk factors with your doctor and monitor your health so that if you do develop mesothelioma, it can be detected early, and you can receive treatment promptly.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can affect the linings that surround the lungs, abdomen, heart, and testicles. It is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos fibers, according to the Mayo Clinic. Asbestos has been used for decades in building materials, vehicle parts, fireproof clothing, and a wide range of household products, such as cigarette filters, appliances, and cosmetics.
Many people were exposed to asbestos on a regular basis over a long period of time and were unaware of the danger. Mesothelioma has a long latency period, with symptoms typically beginning to manifest decades after a person was exposed to asbestos.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that often spreads from the initial site to other parts of the body. In many cases, by the time mesothelioma is diagnosed, it has already reached an advanced stage, and there is little that doctors can do, other than make patients comfortable. Individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma often have a poor prognosis and only survive a matter of months after learning that they have the illness.
Establishing Healthy Habits May Reduce Your Risk of Getting Mesothelioma
According to a study published in the British Journal of Cancer, eating foods that have provitamin A or beta-carotene might prevent mesothelioma after asbestos exposure. Foods with provitamin A include milk, eggs, orange, and yellow vegetables. Beta-carotene can be found in foods like carrots.
Smoking may increase your risk of developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions, such as lung cancer and asbestosis. If you smoke and you know or have reason to believe that you were exposed to asbestos in the past, quitting smoking could reduce your risk of being diagnosed with mesothelioma and improve your overall health.
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Talk to Your Doctor about Testing and Monitoring
If you notice symptoms such as chest or abdominal pain, discuss them with your doctor and make sure your physician knows about your history of asbestos exposure. Your physician may order one or more imaging tests, a pulmonary function test, or a blood test that can detect mesothelioma so the illness can be diagnosed before the onset of symptoms.
Even if you do not have symptoms, you should also ask your doctor to regularly screen you for mesothelioma due to your history of asbestos exposure. If mesothelioma is caught at an early stage, you may be able to receive aggressive treatment and have a better chance of survival.
Seek Financial Compensation for Your Illness
Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis can be a shock. Many people who develop the illness did not know that they were exposed to asbestos decades earlier and that cancer had been slowly developing. Once the disease is detected, it is often too late to treat it. Patients may suddenly learn that they have a year or less to live and may struggle to come to terms with that harsh reality.
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you and your family may be struggling to cope with the growing pile of medical bills, in addition to regular household expenses. Your dreams of watching your children grow up may have suddenly been shattered, and you may be worried about how your family will carry on without you.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you seek financial compensation for your mesothelioma-related medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. While that would not change your prognosis, it might give you and your family some peace of mind.
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What We Can Do to Seek Justice for You
Our team can investigate to figure out when and how you were exposed to asbestos, and file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf to seek a financial award from the company.
Some businesses declared bankruptcy after being confronted with a barrage of mesothelioma lawsuits and set up trust funds to compensate other victims who developed the illness after being exposed to asbestos. We may seek compensation for you from such a trust fund if the company responsible for your illness has created one.
You do not have to worry about attorney’s fees because Pintas & Mullins Law Firm operates on a contingency model. We pay for litigation-related expenses ourselves and only collect a fee if we obtain compensation for a client. Call our office today at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your case with a member of our staff.