It is a sad fact that hundreds of Maine citizens have been exposed to asbestos and subsequently developed mesothelioma cancer or another serious related illness. Sadder still, several people who have been exposed asbestos will develop such conditions and be diagnosed in the future. Given the nature of asbestos’s effects on the body, it can take years or even decades for a person to show any signs of asbestosis, mesothelioma cancer, or other asbestos related ailments.
Fortunately, mesothelioma treatment centers in Maine and throughout the United States are filled with hard working, highly qualified health care specialists with experience in treating mesothelioma specifically. These mesothelioma treatment centers aim to provide comprehensive treatment including palliative care, surgery, chemotherapy, and new innovative treatment options.
Maine: Mesothelioma Cancer and related diseases
Between the late 70s and late 90s, nearly 400 people in Maine died from asbestos cancer diseases including mesothelioma and asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining of the heart, chest cavity, or abdominal organs. Asbestosis is a non-cancerous though serious disease characterized by scarring of the lungs. Both of these conditions are almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure, which occurs when the invisible fibers of this toxin become airborne and are then ingested or inhaled.
Where is asbestos found in Maine?
At least 84 different job locations and public buildings in Maine has been listed as places where asbestos has been problematic. These include schools, old and historic buildings (including the Worster House in Hallowell), warehouses, and – believe it or not – hospitals. In addition to these sites of potential asbestos exposure, paper mills, power generation plants, shipyards, military facilities, and iron foundries throughout Maine are also know sites of asbestos exposure.
Contact us if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness due to asbestos exposure in Maine. Individuals who have unknowingly suffered exposure to asbestos and developed mesothelioma may be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries.