Kentucky residents who have worked in industries that use or have used asbestos may be at risk for mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure. According to a number of studies, inhaling or swallowing asbestos fibers can potentially lead to a variety of cancers and other illnesses, such as an incurable breathing illness known as asbestosis.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer reported in 2009 that all types of asbestos are a cause of mesothelioma. The research was updated in 2011 as scientific evidence showed overwhelming proof of the link between asbestos and cancer. No matter what type or fiber length, all asbestos is carcinogenic for humans. The reason for this is that once the asbestos fibers are inhaled, the body is unable to get rid of them. As a result, the fibers build up in the abdomen or the lungs over time and may begin to cause cancerous changes to these body elements.
Certain individuals have an increased risk for mesothelioma. For example, those who work at an asbestos-processing factory or work at an asbestos mine may be at a higher risk for developing mesothelioma. Furthermore, those who work in the construction industry, live in residential zones near asbestos mines or disturb materials containing asbestos may also be at a higher risk.
When workers or residents obtain a cancer diagnosis after being exposed to asbestos, they may find themselves requiring expensive treatment on top of being unable to work. If a company or a workplace knowingly put an individual at risk for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, legal action may be warranted. An attorney may help an injured client seek compensation.