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Asbestos exposure is a known cause of many serious illnesses including asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural disease, and esophageal cancer. Additionally, recent studies have now shown that colon cancer is also caused by asbestos exposure.
When small, benign clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps mutate over time, they become cancerous. Cancer of the colon may also be called colorectal or large bowel cancer as it often involves the entirety of the large intestine. If cancer develops in the last several inches, it is considered rectal cancer and the combination is often referred to as colon-rectal cancer.
Historically, men are at greatest risk for colon and rectal cancer, but women have been known to develop the condition. Other factors have included:
In previous decades, science had not connected asbestos exposure as a cause of colon cancer, but recent developments have shown that there is a definite connection.
Workers on industrial worksites may have swallowed asbestos fibers in the air. As the fibers travel through the esophagus, they may remain there or continue further into the gastrointestinal tract. They finally lodge themselves in the intestinal walls where they cause inflammation. After the cells mutate, malignancies develop and the asbestos colon cancer emerges.
As with other forms of asbestos-related cancers, symptoms of colon and rectal cancer may lie dormant for many years. When symptoms do present themselves, some of the most common include blood in the stool, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weight loss.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with colon cancer caused by asbestos exposure, contact the skilled asbestos attorneys at Smith Clinesmith, LLP. We have the experience, knowledge, and determination to fight for the compensation you deserve for your illness. Curtis Clinesmith, and Dawn Smith will help you file personal injury claims against the asbestos companies’ bankruptcy trusts and work toward the best possible outcome. Contact us today to discuss your colon cancer case.