The Truth About Asbestos

A Brief History

Asbestos is a known cause of cancer. From the 1920s to the 1980s, many industries and the military used asbestos-based products, unknowingly exposing millions to this deadly material. Asbestos companies hid the dangerous truth so they could keep making money. As a result, thousands of victims continue to be diagnosed with lethal asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

Who Is to Blame?

Companies that made and sold asbestos products knew the deadly health risks of asbestos exposure. However, they sold their products anyway, putting their profits ahead of workers’ lives. When the public finally learned the truth, asbestos manufacturers were forced to pay billions of dollars in legal compensation to current and future asbestos victims. Today, you can seek justice from these companies if asbestos exposure caused your illness.

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Who Was Exposed?

Millions of innocent civilians and military members were exposed to asbestos throughout the 20th century. From construction workers and tradespeople to Army and Navy veterans, asbestos victims were innocent citizens just trying to earn a living. Sadly, their jobs put them at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases.

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What Has Asbestos Exposure Caused?

Asbestos exposure has caused devastation and tragedy to millions of families around the world. It is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly and rare cancer. There is no cure for mesothelioma — only life-extending treatments.

Learn more about different asbestos-related diseases.

What Can I Do?

Victims of asbestos exposure can take action now to demand justice for their suffering. Treatments for asbestos-related diseases are expensive and require ongoing appointments. If you have an asbestos-related diagnosis, call the Mesothelioma Justice Network. Our team will review your history and diagnosis and work with you on the next steps to justice.

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Mesothelioma: Cancer Caused by Asbestos

Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma — a rare and fatal cancer. Anyone exposed to asbestos at home, school or the workplace could be at risk of developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma can develop in several different parts of the body.

Mesothelioma Treatment Options

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to treating mesothelioma. Specialized mesothelioma doctors can develop a treatment strategy that works best for you. Standard treatment options combine chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Living With Mesothelioma

It is possible to live with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma treatments can greatly improve your survival time and quality of life. Working with a mesothelioma medical team is the best way to manage symptoms and keep the disease in check.

How Military Veterans Are at Risk

Members of the military and veterans comprise roughly 8% of our nation’s population. However, they account for 1/3 of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. The asbestos exposure risk was far higher for men and women who served their country. For over 40 years, asbestos was used to build and repair military assets, putting active duty members at risk of exposure on a daily basis.