While it is commonly known that asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other types of lung cancer later in life, it must not be ignored that asbestos can lead to the development of other illnesses too.
Monday’s edition of Dr. Paul Donohue’s syndicated “To Your Health” column dealt with a question asked about a 79-year-old man who was recently diagnosed with chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease, or COPD. While the disease – which is actually made up of two illnesses, emphysema and chronic bronchitis – is known primarily as a smoker’s sickness, the man being discussed had never smoked tobacco.
However, the article adds that the man had worked with asbestos throughout his life, and that the doctor had said the disease could have been caused by exposure to the dangerous fibers.
Dr. Donohue agreed with the doctor’s assessment, saying that the majority of COPD diagnoses are linked to smoking. However, the advancement in one’s age and exposure to dangerous contaminants such as asbestos have been found to be a cause of the illness as well.
“Sometimes aging brings about changes in the lungs that qualify as COPD. Air pollution, lung infections, exposure to dusts and other contaminants, and genetic illnesses are other causes,” Donohue wrote.
For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, or another type of lung disease such as COPD, which can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by their former employer, financial compensation through an asbestos lawsuit may be a possibility. Contact an experienced asbestos attorney to learn more about your rights, and to see if pursuing an asbestos settlement is in your best interest.