Mesothelioma & Lung Cancer
CANCER is the leading cause of death in people under age 85 in the United States. Nearly half of all men and a little over one third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
The term cancer refers to a group of diseases characterized by an uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Current estimates are that over one million men and women will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone. Many cancers are linked to external factors such as occupational exposure to harmful and/or hazardous chemicals and dusts in the workplace.
MESOTHELIOMA: Mesothelioma is one of the most deadly forms of cancer known today. There is only one known cause of mesothelioma: exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used for centuries in insulation, clothing, and fire-resistant materials. Mesothelioma is a particularly destructive cancer because decades can often pass between exposure to the asbestos and the appearance of cancerous symptoms. Although medical science continues to develop at a miraculous rate, helping to prolong many of the lives ravaged by this insidious and incurable condition, the prognosis is almost always fatal.
LUNG CANCER: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. Symptoms may include persistent cough, sputum streaked with blood, chest pain, and recurring pneumonia or bronchitis.
Although smoking is the most most popularized cause of lung cancer, occupational exposure to asbestos and silica are well documented, but often less publicized causes as well. Exposure to organic chemicals such as benzene (a component of diesel exhaust) has also been shown to be a contributing factor to lung cancer.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information regarding asbestos and asbestos related disease click on the following links:
- News & Updates Regarding Asbestos;
- Veterans Exposed to Asbestos;
- Railroad Workers and Asbestos;
- Railroad Workers at Risk for Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases;
- Asbestos In Railroad Locomotives, Equipment & Buildings; and
- Asbestos At Union Pacific Railroad’s Shops in Omaha, Nebraska
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SAMMONS & BERRY, P.C., represents injured workers and their families in mesothelioma and lung cancer cases ACROSS THE COUNTRY. Our lawyers, paralegals, and other professionals are experienced in evaluating, investigating, negotiating and trying these difficult cases. If you or family member have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer – call or email us for a FREE case evaluation. Our team of experienced attorneys will review the facts in your case and answer any questions you may have.