In the U.S., Ohio leads in the production of rubber, plastics and metal products. While this industry has many benefits, there are also risks. Because these products are manufactured using insulation and fireproofing, many people have been exposed to asbestos across the state.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can result from asbestos exposure. Although asbestos exposure has dropped in recent years, there is still a steady stream of people who are diagnosed with this deadly cancer each year because of exposure that took place years ago.
Why is this happening? Because the cancer can appear anywhere from 20 to 50 years after exposure. Between the years of 1999 and 2013, almost 2,000 people in the state of Ohio died from asbestos and mesothelioma. Many of those were in the cities of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
Where you worked can put you at risk
While asbestos exposure has been linked to many different businesses across the state, the most common types of work that put you at risk include:
- Automobile assembly lines
- Chemical plants
- Petroleum refineries
- Power plants
- Steel mills
What should I do if I think I've been exposed?
If you have a history of working in locations where you might have been exposed to asbestos, learn about the symptoms of mesothelioma and other related illnesses.
Mesothelioma can often be mistaken for other health issues like a common cold or flu. The more serious symptoms may not show up until the disease has progressed into later stages. Depending on the type of mesothelioma you have, some of your symptoms may include:
- Pleural mesothelioma: Fatigue, difficulty breathing and swallowing, fever, night sweats and fluid buildup
- Peritoneal mesothelioma: Nausea, weight loss, anemia, loss of appetite, fever and low blood sugar
- Pericardial mesothelioma: Irregular heartbeats and palpitations, chest pain, fever, night sweats, coughing and shortness of breath
See your regular doctor for a referral or go straight to your oncologist depending on what your insurance allows in these cases. You should also see a lawyer about your condition to help protect your rights. Asbestos companies have known for many years of the dangers of asbestos, and you may have a right to claim money for your losses.
Mesothelioma medical care is very expensive. Protect yourself and the future of your loved ones by seeking legal counsel from an experienced lawyer who can advise you of your rights.