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Investigating Toxic Workplace Exposure & related colon cancer diagnoses

The Lyon Firm investigates asbestos exposure claims for former workers in a variety of industries diagnosed with colorectal cancer and other asbestos-related cancers.

Studies have shown there is a significantly increased risk of colorectal cancer cases among workers occupationally exposed to asbestos. Since asbestos was so widely used up until the 1980s, there is a good chance former employees in certain industries were exposed to the toxic substance. Research implies that the risk of colorectal cancer cases increases as the level of asbestos exposure rises.

Since 1964, researchers have been studying whether asbestos exposure is linked to colon cancer. More recent research suggests that individuals exposed to large amounts of asbestos (chronic exposure or acute exposure) in any field of employment may be at a higher risk of developing gastrointestinal cancer. Any amount of asbestos exposure is proven hazardous. If you have been occupationally exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with colon cancer, you can speak to an attorney about potential compensation.

In a 1994 study published in American Journal of Epidemiology, researchers found asbestos workers exposed to asbestos were 1.4 times more likely to develop colorectal cancer.

After you focus on your health first, consider your legal options after a colon cancer diagnosis. Medical costs and pain and suffering damages may be covered by an asbestos exposure settlement. Many companies have created asbestos trust funds for victims of toxic exposure. Call The Lyon Firm for a free consultation.

Asbestos Exposure Sites

  • Shipyards (Naval & commercial)
  • Factories
  • Refineries
  • Warehouses
  • Steel mills
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Tire Plants
  • Auto plants

Symptoms of Colon Cancer

In the early stages, colorectal cancer symptoms may be non-specific. Over time, however, when the disease progresses, individuals have been known to experience abdominal tenderness, rectal bleeding, abdominal masses or obstructions, liver enlargement, abdominal discomfort, and fluids building up in the abdomen. Polyps and growths forming in the colon are also a potential sign of cancer development.

Causes of Colon Cancer

Like many cancers, the causes of many colon cancer cases are still largely unknown. Researchers do feel confident, however, that there are obvious risks and catalysts, that include exposure to a variety of toxins like asbestos. Colon cancer development may also be linked to the following:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Genetic Factors
  • Poor nutrition and diet
  • Diabetes

Colorectal Cancer Treatment

Treatments for colon cancer often include the following:

  • Surgery: removing cancerous polyps, colectomy, ostomy, or lymph node removal
  • Chemotherapy: may shrink cancer cells before surgery
  • Radiation therapy: often combined with chemotherapy
  • Targeted drug therapy: attacks cancer cells
  • Immunotherapy: often used in conjunction with the above treatments

Jobs Associated with Asbestos Exposure

There are professions that are more associated with asbestos exposure than others, generally because of the materials used in a job or where the position was located. Occupations most likely to present an occupational exposure include:

  • Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Electricians
  • Maintenance Crews
  • Welders
  • Machine operators


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    Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

    The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


    The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

    The Mechanics of Asbestos Exposure

    The natural breakdown of asbestos products and subsequent sawing or cutting of the asbestos creates dust and fibers that are inhaled and can lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer. Unlike some other ingested toxins which may be flushed from the body over time, asbestos fibers usually remain embedded in the lungs. 

    When asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can be trapped in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation. 

    Secondary exposure is also possible through fibers traveling on a family members clothing. Due to health concerns, all new uses of asbestos were banned in July 1989.

    Frequency of Asbestos Related Illness

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) all consider asbestos a known carcinogen.

    Each year hundreds of Ohio men and women are diagnosed with lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma—asbestos-related illnesses potentially due to past asbestos exposure. The vast majority of those who develop lung cancer and mesothelioma worked in an environment where asbestos was present. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job.  Examples of Asbestos related illness include:

    • Angiosarcoma
    • Mesothelioma Cancer
    • Asbestosis
    • Lung Cancer
    • Adenocarcinoma
    • Pulmonary Fibrosis
    • Colorectal Cancer
    • Esophageal Cancer
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    Identify Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

    Common Areas of Asbestos Exposure

    Most deaths from malignant mesothelioma in the United States are the result of exposures to asbestos decades prior. However, the continuing occurrence of mesothelioma deaths among persons under the age of 55 suggests ongoing occupational and environmental exposures to asbestos fibers. 

    Asbestos can be found in factories, homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military installations. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 75 different jobs that could have exposed workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Thousands of American workers are still exposed to asbestos each year. 

    Our Firm can help you identify the exposure sources and then initiate the proper claims so that will provide the security you and your family require.


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    Asbestos Exposure Questions

    How Does Asbestos Exposure Occur?

    When asbestos breaks down over time or with use, the fibers of the material can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, and those heavily exposed can develop scarring in the lungs and later develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.

    What Materials Contain Asbestos?

    Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

    Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

    Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was thought to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous to the health.

    Who was most at risk for exposure?

    What are Some Examples of Settlements in Asbestos Exposure Cases?
    • In 2010, a painter in Texas who developed mesothelioma after spending much of his life working with texturized top coats and fillers sued a number of asbestos product manufacturers. A jury awarded him an $11 million verdict.
    • In 2005, a San Francisco jury awarded a sheet metal worker nearly $2 million dollars after he developed mesothelioma from working with duct connectors and duct sealers, which contained asbestos.
    • Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation was found negligent and a jury awarded one victim of mesothelioma a verdict of nearly $3.5 million. His attorney said the man worked for Owens Corning  in the 1960s and was exposed to their toxic insulation product.
    • In the 1990s, two engineers filed lawsuits against North American Refractory Company (NARCO). According to their lawyers, the victims, who suffered from related lung diseases, were exposed to high levels of asbestos dust from a gunning mix. The jury found North American Refractory Company liable and awarded the men $7 million.

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