New Orleans had a Pirates' Alley and a Dutch Alley, but the city is better known for its streets and avenues now. The nearby Mississippi River Valley has been called several names ending in "Alley," and none of them are positive. Cancer Alley, Death Alley and Chemical Alley are all common monikers for an area with a high incidence of lung cancer and other respiratory problems.
Lung illness has become unfortunately common in Louisiana. The state often leads the national average in the instances of lung cancer, mesothelioma and other ailments of the respiratory system. Many experts have blamed the various chemical industries along the Mississippi River and their related emissions for the poor air quality.
Clean air and clean water are often considered a human right. But the reality is that some places have better or worse air quality, and that can have a real cost on quality of life. Those costs may also be medical expenses if people suffer from lung cancer, asthma and other ailments that can be common in polluted air.
You never want to hear these three words from your doctor: "You have cancer."
Lung cancer is a serious disease that is typically accompanied by a variety of signs and symptoms. If you're in-tune with your health, it's easier to pinpoint these signs and hopefully catch the cancer before it spreads to other parts of your body.
A man experienced problems breathing to the point he could barely function. He went to his doctor, who gave him a physical and told him everything was fine. Now he has terminal lung cancer, and he cannot even sue the practice that failed to diagnose him.
The Mississippi River Valley's end in Louisiana has been the heart of the economy in the Deep South for centuries. Although the water has brought a lot of commerce and transportation options, factories and refineries on parts of the river now nicknamed "Chemical Alley" dropped staggering quantities of noxious and dangerous substances into the environment of ordinary Louisianans.
From the plains north of Baton Rouge to the Mississippi River Delta, the Bayou State holds outsized risks to the respiratory systems of its citizens. Louisiana's rates of lung cancer incidence are towards the top of U.S. state rankings. Many blame the chemical industry that once thrived on inland parts of the Mississippi River Valley and left a legacy of pollution still being managed.
Asbestos and other suspected carcinogens have caused a lot of illness and uproar in the Bayou State. Pollution levels and uses of construction materials that can harm the lungs, heart and skin have been the subject of Louisiana lawsuits for more than five decades. One specific chemical is getting a lot of mentions in Baton Rouge and courts all over the state.
Cancer is a serious public risk in Louisiana. Many observers have linked the high incidence of chemical factories and other dangerous industrial workplaces with the high incidence of many types of cancer, in the state. Lung cancer is perhaps the most pernicious medical challenge to Louisianans of all ages.