The Side Effects of a Healthy Local Industry: Cancer

According to the West Virginia Department of Commerce a large portion of West Virginia’s industry is chemical manufacturing. West Virginia is home to about 140 different chemical-related companies that provide over 12,800 jobs to the state. This makes West Virginia the location of one of the largest number of chemical manufacturing companies in the world.

If you’ve worked in the chemical industry, here are some facts you need to know about the potential of developing cancer.

Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer

Caused by asbestos, applications include insulation, brakes, shingles, flooring and many other products. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and highly deadly form of cancer that can take 20 to 60 years to become symptomatic.

Often by the time mesothelioma is diagnosed, the disease is advanced. The five-year survival rate is 5% to 10%. Most patients with mesothelioma of the lung die as a result of respiratory failure or pneumonia.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the U.S., benzene is used mainly as a starting material in making other chemicals, including plastics, lubricants, rubber, dyes, detergents, drugs and pesticides. It’s also the cause of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

The five-year survival rate for people 20 and older with AML is about 25%. For people younger than 20, the survival rate is 67%. Although AML is a serious disease, it is treatable and often curable with chemotherapy with or without a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer or AML likely as a result of asbestos or benzene, you deserve highly experienced, compassionate representation. Please don’t hesitate to contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, at 877-526-3457 or jandils.com. You can also fill out this form and we will respond to you shortly. We don’t take “NO” for an answer ®.

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