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Study Finds Mesothelioma Risk for Workers May Decrease With Age

Any family that has been affected by mesothelioma or asbestos cancer can attest to the dim prognosis that these diseases afford to victims. Since there is no known cure and the disease is often well advanced by the time it is detected, there are few options.

Many families seek the help of a mesothelioma lawyer to investigate their legal options for a mesothelioma lawsuit. For years, victims of mesothelioma have been awarded millions due to evidence showing the companies who mined, sold or used asbestos knew about its fatal risks but did nothing to warn workers.

But the proceeds from a mesothelioma lawsuit or the help of a mesothelioma lawyer canít replace the love and support of a family member. Those affected are hoping that some day a cure or better treatment options will be found.

A new study released last month offers some hope at least to those who were exposed to asbestos and have not yet been diagnosed with mesothelioma that they may have a better chance of escaping the disease.

Experts estimate that more than 3 million workers were exposed to asbestos between the 1930s and 1980s, when it was used heavily in building, industrial and automotive products. Asbestos exposure is the lone cause of asbestos cancer and asbestosis, with around 3,000 new people diagnosed each year.

Fortunately, however, researchers in France have discovered that those exposed to the substance later in life, or those who have managed to avoid developing mesothelioma for a long time, may have a lower chance of contracting the disease.

In a study that tracked nearly 2,500 men over 14 years who had been exposed to asbestos, researchers noticed that those who were exposed after the age of 20 had a lower rate of eventually developing mesothelioma. Likewise, the longer the time elapsed since the exposure, the less likely they were to actually develop the disease.

This offers hope for the millions of workers out there who know they were exposed and are solemnly waiting to see if they will be affected. The older they get, the less they should have to worry.

Regardless, those who have been exposed should monitor for the symptoms of mesothelioma, which include chest pain, coughing, lumps in the chest, difficulty breathing or weight loss.

Since these symptoms often mimic other, less serious diseases, patients many times ignore them until it is too late for meaningful treatment. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, monitor your symptoms closely.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us today to learn your treatment options, or speak with a mesothelioma lawyer about a mesothelioma lawsuit.