Asbestos Exposure and Colon Cancer

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral once highly valued for its flame-retardant properties. It was incorporated into diverse products, from building materials to insulation and children's pajamas. Despite its usefulness, asbestos poses serious health risks. 

When materials containing asbestos deteriorate, the lightweight fibers can become airborne and enter the air and water, which we can inhale or ingest. Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, but what many people do not know is that it can cause cancer in almost any part of the body where the fibers settle, including the colon.

Risk Factors for Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is a collection of abnormal cells at the beginning of the large intestines and the last part of the digestive system. The colon is responsible for breaking down food not digested by the small intestines. As a result, inadvertently ingesting asbestos can pass through the colon and lodge there. Some other common risk factors for colon cancer include:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • A history of colorectal cancer or polyps
  • A family history of colon cancer
  • Age
  • Diabetes
  • Low-fiber, high-fat diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Radiation therapy in the abdomen
  • Smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Heavy alcohol use

African Americans are also at higher risk of developing colon cancer.

Symptoms of Colon Cancer

Unfortunately, the early stages of colon cancer don’t have many symptoms, making regular screening for colon cancer essential for early detection. In later stages, some of the symptoms of colon cancer include:

  • Blood in the stool or rectal bleeding
  • Changes to stool, such as constipation or frequent diarrhea
  • Cramps, gas pain, or abdominal discomfort
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A feeling that the bowel is still full after using the bathroom
  • Exhaustion or weakness.

If you have these symptoms, you should see your doctor right away.

You Need an Experienced Law Firm Backing You Up

Asbestos exposure doesn’t happen only at work. You could face exposure in the environment, in your home, or through second-hand exposure from a loved one. If you’re facing a colon cancer diagnosis and have been exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our experienced attorneys have been fighting for families like yours for years. Find out what we can do to help you. Call us at 888-910-6376 or contact us online. Your first consultation is free, and you won’t pay us a fee unless we recover money on your behalf.