Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses are particularly insidious because it can take many years for symptoms to manifest. What this means is that you may already be quite ill before you know something is wrong. If there were a way to reduce your odds of developing mesothelioma, you would probably want to know about it to increase your protection.
Louisiana is home to many who work in high-risk occupations such as shipbuilding and pipefitting. You may already know that these jobs expose you to asbestos, but this knowledge might not be enough to protect you from malignant mesothelioma. However, when you understand your occupational exposure risks as well as other risk factors, you can increase your protection and possibly avoid this life-threatening condition.
The following risk factors combined with occupational asbestos exposure could put your health in jeopardy:
- Radiation exposure: Receiving radiation treatments for a different illness may increase your odds of developing malignant mesothelioma.
- Genes: Members of families with mutations to the BAP1 gene may be at a greater risk of developing malignant mesothelioma.
- SV40 virus: Some research indicates that people who have contracted the simian virus 40 or SV40 may have a higher risk of malignant mesothelioma.
- Age: Those exposed to large amounts of asbestos in their older years may be more prone to contracting malignant mesothelioma.
Although learning about these risk factors can help you avoid dangerous asbestos exposure, it may already be too late. Fortunately, there are legal options at your disposal if you have already developed mesothelioma. To learn about these options and get started on an effective treatment plan, take your story to an attorney experienced in handling asbestos-related illnesses.