Statistics on life expectancy can be a source of complacency for some, and a source of anxiety for others. Life expectancy in the general population is 78 years, though this number can be affected by various factors, including sex and overall health. Among cancer patients, life expectancy depends on both the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the particulars of treatment. In some cases, cancer patients have a strong chance of survival, while others do not.
Previously, we began looking at the importance of early detection of mesotheolioma, and some of the work researchers are currently engaged in to make early detection more feasible. As we noted, early detection of mesotheolioma not only gives patients a better prognosis because of the better response to early treatments.
As with other forms of cancer, mesothelioma comes with a poor prognosis for patients if it progresses beyond the early stages. Early detection is important, and researchers who work in the field of mesotheolioma routinely use radiological testing to that end. Because of the risks associated with radiation, though, other approaches to early detection are being sought.
You may hear someone say the word asbestos and immediately connect negative connotations to the substance. For years, this material acted as a staple in many building projects, as it had resistance to chemicals and heat as well as flame retardant and non-conductive properties. Though many individuals have recognized the potential hazards of this material, asbestos has continued uses in some areas.
According to a report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of annual mesothelioma deaths between 1999 and 2015 increased 4.8 percent, from 2,479 to 2,579. The total number of mesotheliona deaths during that period was 45,221.
Various Louisiana shipyards employ tens of thousands of workers. In fact, some of those companies are among the top employers in the state. If you've worked in a shipyard, you might have been exposed to some form of asbestos. Actually, asbestos is a general term given to various naturally occurring mineral fibers. For decades, manufacturers used asbestos as a component in fire retardants, ceiling and wall insulation, roofing materials, pipes, and other things. The problem is that many people who have worked with such products have later developed cancer.
Causation is an important issue in any legal case involving claims of personal injury or product liability, regardless of the persons or products involved. Without a sound argument for causation, a legal case can fall apart and a plaintiff is going to gain nothing, and lose a significant amount of time, energy and money.
Early detection of cancer is an important aspect of increasing the effectiveness of treatment. Cancer screening approaches and guidelines vary depending on the type of cancer at issue. Unfortunately, there are not currently any established screening tests for mesothelioma. In many cases, mesothelioma is not diagnosed until it is in its later stages. Part of the reason for this is that it is rare and causes symptoms which mimic other cancers and illnesses.
While the majority of asbestos litigation is brought by those who have had firsthand exposure to asbestos and asbestos-related products, typically on the job, those who have suffered injury and loss due to secondhand asbestos exposure may also have the ability to obtain compensation. The number of these cases is small, but they do exist.
Asbestos exposure could have many negative health impacts on an individual. One of these is that it could put them at risk of developing the cancer mesothelioma.