Asbestos and Esophageal Cancer

You’ve probably heard about the dangers of asbestos, a lightweight, flexible fiber once used in a wide range of materials to make them flame-resistant. You may have even heard about the possibility of developing lung cancer or mesothelioma. However, asbestos can cause a wide range of cancers. When products or buildings containing asbestos break down through fire, flooding, or aging, asbestos fibers can enter the air and water. If people inhale or ingest asbestos, the fibers can lodge in many places in the body. Exposure can impact you wherever the deadly fibers lodge, including the esophagus.

Risk Factors for Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer is a disease that develops when malignant cells grow in tissue in the esophagus. The most common risk factors for esophageal cancer include:

  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Barrett’s esophagus - a condition that develops when acid reflux damages the tube between the mouth and the stomach.

However, if you inhale or ingest asbestos fibers, they can become lodged in the esophagus, leading to a higher risk of esophageal cancer.

Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer

The symptoms of esophageal cancer include:

  • Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing
  • Coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Chest pain or burning
  • Indigestion or heartburn that continues to worsen
  • Unexplained weight loss

However, early esophageal cancer has few symptoms. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, it’s essential to let your doctor know so they can use screening tests for early diagnosis.

Potential Asbestos Exposure Risks

It’s most common to face asbestos exposure at work, and construction workers, firefighters, military personnel, auto mechanics, and a wide range of factory workers have been exposed at work. Even now, asbestos is often found in fireplace materials like inserts, rocks, gas logs, and the insulating material wrapping pipes in your home. You can also face secondary asbestos exposure if someone you love comes home from work with asbestos on their shoes and work clothes. Of course, you can also face exposure at home from products that contain talcum powder, which may be contaminated with asbestos.

Explore Your Legal Options with an Experienced Firm

If you’ve been exposed to asbestos and are now facing an esophageal cancer diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced attorneys at the Madeksho Law Firm have been helping victims of asbestos exposure get the compensation they deserve since 1972. Call us at 888-910-6376 or contact us online. Your consultation is free, and there is never a charge unless we recover money on your behalf.