A recent study published by Italian researchers suggests that dental technicians could be at an increased risk of developing asbestos-related cancer. According to the study, exposure to materials that were once commonly used in the manufacture of dental prostheses may be the primary cause of a deadly development of malignant mesothelioma. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.
Dental technician is not one of the professions typically associated with mesothelioma, nor was the dental industry previously thought to be at high-risk for asbestos exposure.
However, this study, titled “Pleural malignant mesothelioma in dental laboratory technicians: A case series,” published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, is a frightening reminder that mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer risk can present in unexpected occupations and industries.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Asbestos lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of dentist asbestos exposure, toxic tort and Mesothelioma Cancer.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled asbestos as a proven cause of cancer. Long used in construction and industrial installations prior to the 1980s, asbestos was also used in some dentistry products. Asbestos was reportedly used as a binder in periodontal dressings and as a lining for casting rings and crucibles.
As a result, dental technicians who worked with asbestos-containing products in the past may have inhaled carcinogenic asbestos fibers, and risk triggering the development of mesothelioma in later years.
The recently published Italian-based research, written by experts in occupational health, analyzed more than 5,000 mesothelioma patients between 2000 and 2014. They placed the victims in specific industries, and found that four victims whose only exposure to asbestos had been in dental technician roles. Three of the four victims were able to describe the use of asbestos as a lining material for casting rings.
The three men mentioned in the study had worked as dental laboratory technicians, exposed to asbestos for 4, 10, and 34 years, while one female victim said she assisted her husband for 30 years in manufacturing asbestos-containing dental prostheses.
The Lyon Firm specializes in toxic tort litigation and files asbestos injury claims following dentist asbestos exposure. Contact an experienced attorney following lung cancer or mesothelioma diagnosis.
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Many experience asbestos exposure through the workplace. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing a suit helps to raise the awareness of job safety.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was first utilized in the early 1900s for its insulating abilities, fireproof properties, and versatility. It has been estimated that over 30 million tons of asbestos was used in the American economy in industrial yards, homes, schools, shipyards, and other workplaces.
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.
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 lug cancer and mesothelioma.
Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.
If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.
Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was though to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous tot he health.
The success rates of settlements regarding asbestos exposure injury are quite high. It may be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of lung cancer or mesothelioma, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large mesothelioma settlements.
Our Firm will help you find the answers. The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered.
Experience: Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.
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Asbestos can be found in homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military circumstances. According to the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOHS), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Approximately 107,000 workers are affected by asbestos each year.
Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature. It is estimated that there will be 250,000 new cases before 2020 due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.
The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against companies due to asbestos exposure.