Every year when the cold weather takes its toll and a visit to the GP is in order, many people exposed to asbestos in the past tragically learn that their respiratory illness is more severe than seasonal flu.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a tumour most commonly occurring in the lining of the lungs. The tumour can appear anything from ten to sixty years after exposure to asbestos.
According to Cancer Research UK, mesothelioma rates are increasing. It is only diagnosed when physical symptoms start to develop.
The symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- difficulty breathing
- weight loss
These symptoms could be ignored as a chest infection or advancing years, but if you have been exposed to asbestos – no matter how long ago – an asbestos-related disease could be the cause of your symptoms.
At Mesothelioma UK Patient and Carer Day 2015, Slater and Gordon asbestos support worker, Alison Blake, learned that the average age of someone being diagnosed with mesothelioma is 73 and 83 per cent are men.
What Causes Mesothelioma?
Asbestos was widely used in houses after the Second World War until 1999 when it was banned completely. Its strong, malleable, heat-resistant properties made it useful for insulation. Because of its mass production and commercial use, thousands of worker in the UK were regularly exposed to asbestos dust and fibres.
One of the tragedies of being diagnosed with mesothelioma is that the diagnosis is so long after the person was exposed to asbestos that the victim may not remember.
If you have worked with or been exposed to asbestos and are suffering from the symptoms of a respiratory illness, we advise that you make an appointment with your GP for peace of mind.
Register Your Exposure to Asbestos Today
In the unfortunate event that you are exposed to asbestos it is essential that you register this exposure as soon as possible.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a specialist team of asbestos compensation solicitors that deal with asbestos claims on a No Win No Fee basis. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 884 0275 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.