A Hidden Secret of Asbestos Exposure

Oct 18, 2018
  • What is asbestos?

    Asbestos is a type of silicate mineral which when the fibers are inhaled, stick and form a protective layer in the lungs. These fibers remain in the lungs for years and eventually create cancer cells where it goes undetected often for several years.

    Who is most at risk?

    While asbestos has mainly been thought to be a hazard for “blue-collar” jobs such as construction and automotive work, as up until around the 1970’s asbestos was extensively used in areas of insulation for construction projects and fireproofing. However, it has come to light that even “white collar” jobs such as dentistry, jewelers, and even science teachers can also be at risk for asbestos exposure. For example, dentists may have been in contact with asbestos through the use of old dental fillings created with antiquated waxing methods that were in use starting from the 1930s until at least the 1970s when initial discoveries about the toxicity of asbestos were beginning to be made. With jewelers, the practice of soldering (joining two metal parts together with the use of a third metal that has a lower degree of melting) can bring a possible risk of contact, and science teachers using gauze pads under Bunsen burners (as according to a UK news reports, those particular types of pads were shown to contain asbestos from at least the 1970’s).

    What is the result of prolonged exposure?

    One of the most common results of routine contact with asbestos is the development of Mesothelioma. A mesothelioma is a form of cancer that commonly affects the lining of the lungs or the chest wall. It can also form in the lining of the pericardium (the protective sac around the heart), or in the lining of the abdomen

    What if I or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos? What are my options?

    Contact our office at  if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or are experiencing other asbestos-related symptoms to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced attorneys. You may also visit our website at boesenlaw.com for more information.