Asbestos and Laryngeal Cancer

While you may have heard about the dangers of asbestos and its link to lung cancer and mesothelioma, many people don’t know about the wide range of cancers it can cause. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral once prized for its flame-retardant properties. But we now know that inhaling or ingesting asbestos fibers, most commonly at work, can cause cancer, including laryngeal cancer.

Risk Factors for Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal cancer is cancer of your voice box, also known as the larynx. Some of the most common risk factors include:

  • Heavy drinking
  • Using tobacco products, including smoking
  • Age
  • A history of neck or head cancer
  • Working with machines at your job
  • Exposure to toxic materials at work, including asbestos, wood dust, nickel, sulfuric acid mist, and manufacturing mustard gas

Your gender can also affect your risk of laryngeal cancer – men are more likely to develop it than women.

Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer

Some of the most common symptoms of laryngeal cancer include:

  • A persistent cough or sore throat that doesn’t improve
  • Difficulty swallowing or pain when you swallow
  • Persistent hoarseness lasting more than two weeks
  • Difficulty making word sounds
  • Ear pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Stridor, or noisy breathing that sounds high-pitched
  • A constant feeling of something in your throat
  • Coughing up blood

You should see your doctor immediately if you have any of these symptoms. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos in the past, be sure to let your doctor know you need regular screening.

Potential Asbestos Exposure Risks

The most common route of asbestos exposure is work. Some professions, including firefighters, shipyard workers, construction workers, auto mechanics, and those who work in manufacturing, were exposed to asbestos without even understanding the risks. Because cancer can often take decades to develop after exposure, many other professions, such as hairdressers, roofers, HVAC workers, and more, may also be at risk because of exposure in the 1970s and 80s. But you can also face exposure through the environment, through products containing talc, or secondary exposure if someone you love brings home asbestos on their clothing.

Discover Your Legal Options

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with laryngeal cancer after asbestos exposure, we may be able to help. Our skilled attorneys have been helping people get the compensation they deserve after the negligence of employers and manufacturers since 1972. You don’t have to handle this alone; let us help you. Give us a call at 888-910-6376 or contact us online. Your consultation is always free, and there is never a charge unless we recover compensation on your behalf.