Help for Our Vets: Dunkirk VA Outpatient Clinic
You can reach Dunkirk VA Outpatient Clinic at The Resource Center, 325 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY 14048 Phone: (716) 366-2122.
Could you have been exposed to asbestos? Read the following to see if you fall under a category at risk. The following is a list of people at stronger chance of developing an asbestos-related disease:
- Anyone with breathing problems
- Individuals with extended exposure to asbestos
- Anyone who thinks they have had extended exposure to asbestos
- Immediate family members of people who have worked in asbestos-related fields, even if the person who worked with asbestos has no visible symptoms or irregular breathing patterns
Certain illnesses result from asbestos exposure: Mesothelioma (a cancer of the thin membranes lining the thoracic and abdominal cavities and surrounding internal organs), asbestosis (a serious, chronic, non cancerous fibrous hardening and scarring of the lungs), lung cancer, and pleural plaque and thickening (scarring of the lining of the lung). The most commonly known symptoms of asbestos-related diseases are coughing, coughing blood, shortness of breath, chest pain and weight loss. Unfortunately, the tangible warning signs of asbestos exposure can appear up to 25 years after primary exposure. Annual or even semi-annual asbestos detection tests are recommended.
It is important to seek a medical opinion if you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos. Initial testing is an x-ray (side and front view of your chest.) Supplementary tests may include a pulmonary function test, blood work, a CT scan and/or biopsy. There are times when a doctor may speak a language unclear to the typical patient. Be sure to ask your doctor about your health problem. If you don't fully understand your doctor, have him clarify so you can better know your condition. All citizens who have participated in the United States Armed Forces should receive the services they deserve. Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to making this happen. This includes compensation for life-threatening diseases that are caused by contact with asbestos, such as lung cancer.
If you or someone you love has developed lung cancer after exposure to asbestos, we want to help. It's never too late for a free case evaluation. The form below initiates the process.
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