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Mesothelioma and Firefighters

by Andrew Miller on December 16, 2012

Mesothelioma and Firefighters

Choosing a profession is a difficult process. In most cases, individuals must find a career that is not only personally fulfilling, but also one that provides the safety and security that is desired by most people. While there are a number of professions available to young people entering the work field, firefighting is a popular choice. Unfortunately, firefighters are at risk for the development of a number of serious health conditions—including mesothelioma. Before entering this challenging career field, potential candidates should understand the basics of mesothelioma, why firefighters may be at an increased risk for the development of the condition, and how it can be avoided.

Proper identification of all the benefits and risks of a specific career is essential for individuals who are considering entry into a specific profession. As mentioned previously, mesothelioma is one of the most common health conditions faced by people who work in the field of firefighting. According to most health care providers, mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial cells, which line the exterior of many organs in the body. While mesothelioma may occur in a number of locations in the body, it is commonly found in the lungs or bronchial tubes.

So why are firefighters at such as increased risk for the development of this mesothelioma? Do they participate in a specific activity that puts them in greater jeopardy? Research suggests that the inhalation of asbestos fumes—which are often released during the early stages of a fire—is one of the strongest risk factors for mesothelioma development. While firefighters are always encouraged to wear protective gear when working in the field, this is not always a possibility. In addition, though asbestos fumes are strongest while the material is burning, they may remain in the air for several hours after the fire has been extinguished, thus increasing overall exposure.

While mesothelioma is always a possibility for firefighters, the likelihood of developing the condition can be decreased by following some basic tips and recommendations. As mentioned previously, wearing protective gear when fighting fires is one of the most effective ways to avoid this serious health condition. In fact, a self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBA, is considered essential when it comes to avoiding the inhalation of asbestos fumes. In addition, removing all safety equipment and dirty clothing before leaving the scene of a fire can prevent the relocation of asbestos remnants to a home or car.

Without a doubt, mesothelioma is a serious health condition that should not be taken lightly. Though firefighters may be at greatest risk for this condition, spouses and children can also be more prone to develop the condition through secondhand exposure. As with all dangerous health conditions, the early identification and diagnosis of mesothelioma is essential for individuals who hope to experience a good prognosis with the condition. Those who believe that they may have inhaled asbestos fumes, and have experienced a recent change in their health, should consult with a qualified health care provider as soon as possible to ensure optimal care. has extensive experience handling mesothelioma claims and is here to help.  Our law office can help you win reimbursement for medical costs and other damages caused by mesothelioma.

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