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Going Back: How Long Has Mesothelioma Been Around?

Asbestos Exposure - History of MesotheliomaFor years, mesothelioma was a mystery. There was no idea of what it was, what caused it, and so, it was often misdiagnosed and the use of asbestos in various products and materials continued like nothing was wrong.

The questions that once eluded doctors now have answers: mesothelioma is a product of asbestos exposure.

Knowing more about mesothelioma is important. How long has it been around? When was it discovered that asbestos was the cause? What measures were taken to help prevent mesothelioma? We have the answers.

When Mesothelioma was Coined

In the early 1800s, René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec, the inventor of the stethoscope suggested that there could be cancer in the pleura. This was a theory that was accepted in the early 1900s despite pushback in the mid-1800s when a professor claimed that pleural cancer was secondary to other cancers.

In 1909, the term mesothelioma was given to these types of cancers by J.G. Adami, but it wasn’t until 1931 when P. Klemperer and C.B. Rabin came up with the ways of diagnosing it and learning about how it occurs.

In 1943, it was H.W. Welder who was the first to put together the connection between asbestosis and mesothelioma among German asbestos workers.

Asbestos: Banned or Not

More than 50 countries across the world have a ban in place regarding the use of asbestos. However, the United States is not one of those with a complete ban on the fiber. Instead, many still use it in products and materials.

In the 1970s, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency were created with the hopes of limiting exposure to asbestos and other potentially dangerous pollutants.

However, despite warnings, asbestos is just highly regulated today. It isn’t completely banned even though there were attempts in the 1970s and 1980s.

Now, individuals who worked with asbestos and were exposed over a long period of time are developing the symptoms of mesothelioma. It’s important to know who may be susceptible to developing the condition and what legal options may be available.

Our mesothelioma lawyers at Shrader & Associates L.L.P. understand how serious this condition is. We work with those who have been diagnosed, explaining the statutes of limitations, and helping them understand what options they may have to seek compensation.

Call our firm at (877) 958-7920 to schedule a free consultation.


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