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Is former steelworker's cancer related to asbestos exposure?

Many retired Minnesota factory workers can related to a man in another state who recently joined many of his former co-workers at a meeting where a discussion was had about adverse health issues the former employees believe may be connected to their steel factory work. One woman who attended the meeting with her husband said she believes his skin cancer may have been caused by asbestos exposure. The man was not the only one there suffering from a disease, and most, if not all, attended the meeting because they think they contracted their illnesses on the job.  

The steel mill where the former workers were employed played a significant role in developing the atomic bomb during the World War II era. Analysts who study health-related consequences of factory work say the experts have known for a long time that asbestos is a highly dangerous material that can cause incurable diseases, such as lung cancer and other illnesses. Thousands of people who worked at this particular steel factory have already filed legal claims regarding possible damages they suffered due to radioactive material exposure as well.  

Asbestos is actually a compilation of microscopic fibers derived from various naturally-occurring minerals. When it is disturbed through means, such as scraping, drilling, pounding, peeling, wetness or crumbling, the fibers may be inhaled or ingested by anyone exposed, resulting in various respiratory illnesses, such as Mesothelioma and asbestosis. Some of the workers present at the recent meeting said they clearly remember going to work in the factory when the dust was so heavy in the air, it looked like it was snowing.  

Those same workers believe they were inhaling that dust on a regular basis and may now be suffering dire health conditions because of asbestos exposure. One of the questions such workers often ask is whether their employers at the time were aware of the dangers they faced without telling them. Many Minnesota factory workers who believe this to be the case in their own situations are filing personal injury claims to seek compensation for damages.                                                                                              

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