Laredo Air Force Base was a location where asbestos exposure may have occurred if you worked there. Although currently inactive, because mesothelioma is a disease that may not surface for many years there is still the risk of getting mesothelioma. Ten to Forty years may pass before any symptoms of this debilitating disease surface.
Mesothelioma was profoundly rare until industrial and commercial companies expanded the use of asbestos during the 20th century. After spending decades investigating the disease and its causes, medical researchers identified one primary culprit: Exposure to asbestos, direct AND indirect.
Mesothelioma is a tumor that lines the lungs and could be fatal if untreated. There are different stages of this disease and diagnosing it is important.
Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose, due to the disease’s long latency period — sometimes, the onset of symptoms can come 50 years after the initial asbestos exposure. Many workers don’t get sick until they are retired and have not been exposed to asbestos for many years. Mesothelioma is also difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can resemble common, less severe respiratory illnesses.
The symptoms of mesothelioma include:
- Chest pain and persistent cough
- Shortness of breath and painful breathing
- Loss of appetite and unexplained weight loss
- Fluid accumulation around the lungs
Call today if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and worked at Laredo Air Force Base, 888HDZLAW8. Habalamos Espanol.