It is well known that exposure to asbestos can cause cancers such as mesothelioma. But what you may not know is that research has also linked asbestos to other types of cancer as well, such as colon cancer, stomach cancer, esophageal cancer, and laryngeal cancer. If you or a loved one had heavy occupational asbestos exposure, and years later has been diagnosed withany of these cancers, you need to contact The Meso Law Firm today for a confidential, free legal consultation.
Colorectal cancer or colon cancer is actually the second leading cause of cancer related death among men in the United States, and third among women. Colorectal cancer is a disease that occurs in the large intestine and/or rectal area. Usual risk factors that may cause colorectal cancer are obesity, smoking, frequent and heavy alcohol consumption, type 2 diabetes, physical inactivity, and a family history of colorectal cancer. However, several studies conducted between the 1980s and the present have suggested a definite correlation of an increased risk for colorectal cancer from frequent asbestos exposure.
Stomach cancer or gastrointestinal cancer refers to any of the cancers that impact the stomach and upper digestive system. While smoking, alcohol, and obesity are the leading risk factors associated with this disease, studies suggest that signfificant occupational asbestos exposure also plays a role. For example, a 2005 study of lighthouse keepers in Norway found that those who regularly consumed asbestos-tainted water were at greater risk of developing stomach cancer. Other epidemiologyhas also shown a correlation.