Mesothelioma in Louisiana
Mesothelioma is a rare, aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. It can take 20-50 years after asbestos exposure for symptoms to appear. Although there are treatments available and survival rates have improved over time, mesothelioma remains one of the most deadly forms of cancer.
Mesothelioma cases tend to cluster in locations that have high percentages of asbestos exposure.
Many people assume that asbestos exposure is limited to the construction industry, but in reality it can happen in many locations. In Louisiana, the mining and manufacturing industries have been known to use asbestos products. As a result, workers who have jobs such as these may have been exposed to this hazardous material.
Asbestos exposure can also occur in occupations that involve the petrochemical industry, such as pipefitting, insulating or boilermakers. This is because these types of jobs typically involve breaking apart structures made with materials containing asbestos insulation and other components.
Asbestos mining, oil and gas extraction, and construction are all linked to asbestos exposure.
Asbestos exposure can be traced to the extraction of oil and gas, mining, construction, manufacturing and other industries. Asbestos is still legal in the United States today. While there are strict rules about how much asbestos can be used at a job site for each worker, these regulations are not always followed. Workers who do not know about their employer's safety procedures may be unprotected from dangerous levels of asbestos fibers being released into the air around them.
Asbestos exposure is linked with increased risk of mesothelioma because it causes cells to mutate and grow uncontrollably throughout your body—even decades after you were exposed! The type of cell that becomes cancerous depends on where it was located when exposed to asbestos: lung cells become mesothelioma; pleural mesothelioma occurs near lungs; peritoneal mesothelioma affects organs surrounding skin such as stomach or intestines; and pericardial mesothelioma forms around heart tissue
Asbestos exposure can cause deadly mesothelioma cancer years or even decades after the initial exposure.
Asbestos exposure can cause deadly mesothelioma cancer years or even decades after the initial exposure. For example, a construction worker who worked at a petrochemical facility in his 20s could develop mesothelioma cancer in his 60s or 70s.
This is why it's so important for anyone who has been exposed to asbestos to be vigilant about their health and get screened for possible symptoms of cancer if they develop them, even long after they've left their job site.
Louisiana has consistently ranked among the states with the most mesothelioma cases.
In Louisiana, the rate of mesothelioma deaths has been consistently among the highest in the United States since 2000, with a rate of 10.2 per 100,000 people in that year. The annual number of diagnoses is also high: with an average number of 160 new cases each year over this time period and a total of 1,937 diagnosed cases between 2000 and 2015.
The cause for this high incidence is likely due to several factors including:
Its location on the Gulf Coast means that Louisiana has many industries that were exposed to asbestos-containing products, such as shipyards and naval bases
Many residents who live near these facilities were exposed earlier in their lives
Louisiana's large petrochemical industry was once a significant source of asbestos exposure.
Louisiana's large petrochemical industry was once a significant source of asbestos exposure. In fact, the state has one of the largest concentrations of chemical and manufacturing facilities in the United States. Asbestos was used widely in these industries to insulate pipes and boilers, as well as other equipment that generated heat. It was also used extensively in home insulation products such as ceiling tiles and acoustic wood paneling.
Because of its high concentration of chemical plants and refineries, Louisiana has been ranked number one for highest number of mesothelioma cases since 1986 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Asbestos is still legal, and it still kills people in Louisiana today.
Asbestos is still legal, and it still kills people in Louisiana today. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in the soil and mined for use in construction materials. It has been used extensively throughout the world because of its resistance to heat, fire, electricity and chemical degradation. In the United States alone, asbestos was produced at more than 1,200 mines from 1900 to 1999. The mineral has been used extensively throughout industry as well as home building due to its ability to insulate against heat and sound while also providing strength to materials at low cost.
It's important that you know how this substance affects your health so that you can take steps towards prevention or early detection if needed—and it may not always be possible for someone else who uses asbestos on your behalf such as an employer or landlord/property owner if they fail their duty of care by exposing you unknowingly without proper notification about potential hazards associated with working around it.
Get help if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Get a second opinion.
Find a mesothelioma specialist.
Find a mesothelioma support group, or join one online, such as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).
Find a mesothelioma lawyer.
Find a doctor who specializes in treating malignant pleural mesothelioma and other types of lung cancer that develop from asbestos exposure
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have spent time in Louisiana, contact Boling Law Firm right away. They can help you get compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages and other damages associated with this deadly disease. Call us at 1-800-799-7914