Asbestos Cancer in Florida

Asbestos is a mineral that has been used for a variety of purposes throughout history because of its exceptional heat resistance and insulation qualities.  The health risks associated with exposure to asbestos have been known for thousands of years, but asbestos exposure has only recently been linked with asbestos cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos cancer, our Florida mesothelioma lawyers may be able to help you and your family pursue compensation.  For a free asbestos mesothelioma claim evaluation, contact our Florida mesothelioma law firm.  We offer:

  • Free consultation with an experienced Florida asbestos exposure lawyer
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Types of Asbestos Cancer

The most well-known form of asbestos cancer is malignant pleural mesothelioma, which affects the cells that line the lungs.  Mesothelioma can also affect the tissues that line the heart and abdominal cavity.  The primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure: each year, roughly 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma is not the only type of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos.  In studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC), asbestos exposure has been shown to increase a person’s risk for developing a number of asbestos cancers, including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Throat cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Esophagus cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lymphomas
  • Leukemia

Asbestos Cancer Risk Factors

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) says that risk factors that increase the chance for developing asbestos cancer include:

  • Exposure concentration - what was the concentration of asbestos fibers?
  • Exposure duration - how long did the exposure time period last?
  • Exposure frequency - how often during that time period was the person exposed?
  • Size, shape and chemical makeup of asbestos fibers
  • Individual risk factors, such as a person's history of tobacco use (smoking) and other pre-existing lung disease

In a study titled Cancer incidence within a cohort occupationally exposed to asbestos: a study of dose–response relationships, published online March 15, 2011 in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers tracked 2024 individuals occupationally exposed to asbestos from January 1, 1978 to December 31, 2004. They found 285 cases of cancer among the study participants.
They observed that the risk for both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma increased with the level of exposure to asbestos, which they expected to find. However, the researchers also discovered evidence to suggest that there may be a causal relationship between asbestos exposure and colorectal cancer.

Florida and Asbestos Cancer

In a study titled Occupation and the high risk of lung cancer in Northeast Florida, published July 1982 in Cancer, researchers interviewed 321 male patients with lung cancer and 434 disease-free individuals, or their next of kin, to identify reasons for the high death rate from lung cancer along the northeast coast of Florida.

The authors of the study noted that in Duval county in Jacksonville, the age-adjusted rate for lung cancer among white males from 1970-1975 was the highest of all urban counties in the United States.

What they discovered was these residents of Northeast Florida had between 40 to 50 percent increased risk of lung cancer because of “employment in the shipbuilding, construction, and lumber/wood industries, particularly among workers with reported exposures to asbestos or wood dust.”

Contact an Asbestos Exposure Cancer Lawyer in Florida

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos cancer such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, an asbestos exposure lawyer from our Florida firm may be able to help you recover compensation from the parties responsible for the exposure to asbestos that caused your illness.  If you are a Florida asbestos cancer or mesothelioma patient, you have the right to file an asbestos exposure lawsuit to recover compensation for damages such as medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  To learn whether you are eligible to file an asbestos exposure lawsuit, contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an asbestos exposure lawyer at our Florida firm.