Mesothelioma is one of the most dangerous diseases of today. Caused by exposure to asbestos, it is incurable. The ailment was long thought to primarily affect men older than 60. However, asbestos exposure occurs on a global scale, and scientists are seeing a rise in cases amongst young women.
Asbestos exposure can occur through naturally fibrous material existing in specific geographic regions. When disturbed (usually through construction or harsh weather), these fibers can break apart and become airborne, putting local residents or passersby at risk of potential health hazards. Some of the regions with extremely high mesothelioma or asbestos exposure rates include Mexico, Turkey, Italy, and South Africa.
A 2015 study has shown that the gender gap between mesothelioma cases in men and women is gradually shrinking. In some tribal areas of New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, the likelihood of exposure amongst both male and female residents is equally strong. Moreover, in certain regions of Nevada for example, fatal mesothelioma cases among both men and women under the age of 55 were particularly close, and nearly double that of the national average. Asbestos could be found in the soil, rock and air samples surveyed in these regions, putting females at an elevated risk. The scientists behind the study claim that there is still quite a bit they do not understand about the factors, and that they will seek out further geological samples of neighboring or similar regions to better understand the risks involved with continued exposure to asbestos.
If you are the victim of asbestos exposure and you have contracted mesothelioma, legal representation is extremely important. At Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler, our Philadelphia mesothelioma lawyers will fight for the compensation and justice you and your family deserve if you have been exposed to asbestos. Call us today at 800-369-0899 or at 215-569-4000, or contact us online to speak with one of our experienced attorneys. We serve clients in and around Philadelphia, Merion Station, Darby, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, Bala Cynwyd, Narberth, Wynnewood, Clifton Heights, Lansdowne, Folcroft, Drexel Hill, Glenolden, Cheltenham, Ardmore, Havertown, Norwood, Essington, Holmes, Elkins Park, Prospect Park, Gladwyne, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Chester County.