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Cancer Attorneys

Cancer Lawyers Serving Clients throughout Texas and Nationwide

Cases to get compensation for clients ravaged by cancer are complicated, difficult and expensive. The cancer attorneys at Bush Lewis, PLLC have the experience, commitment and integrity to fight the necessary battles against major polluters whose emissions, wastes, and products cause cancer. The heavy toll of high medical costs, lost wages and the physical and emotional effects of cancer and its treatment often devastate cancer victims and their families. Getting appropriate compensation to get these lives back on track almost always requires the legal help of qualified cancer lawyers and their trained staffs.

Workplace Cancers

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that at least 200,000 people die every year from cancer related to their workplaces. Lung cancer, mesothelioma and bladder cancer are among the most common occupational cancers. Every tenth lung cancer death is related to workplace exposures. At least 90,000 die each year from asbestos-related diseases. Thousands more die from leukemia caused by exposure to benzene and other solvents. WHO Director of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Maria Neira notes:

The tragedy of occupational cancer is that it takes so long for science to be translated into protective action. Known and preventable exposures are clearly responsible for hundreds of thousands of excess cancer cases each year. In the interests of protecting our health, we must adopt an approach rooted in primary prevention that is to make workplaces free from carcinogenic risks.

Neighborhood Cancers from Nearby Carcinogenic Emissions

Workers are not the only people at risk from developing cancers from exposures to carcinogens. People living, working or going to school adjacent, nearby or downwind of major worksites using or emitting carcinogens are at risk of developing cancers. Chemical plants, rubber plants, refineries, and other sites using or making butadiene, benzene, vinyl chloride, arsenic, cyclophosphamide, benzo[a]pyrene, ethylene dibromide, or giving off fumes of the metals cadmium, nickel, and chromium pose cancer risks. Significant radiation exposure can cause cancer quicker than almost any other carcinogenic exposure.

Known Human Carcinogens

Known human carcinogens include:
  • Benzene
  • 1,3-Butadiene (usually shortened to only butadiene)
  • Vinyl Chloride
  • Arsenic
  • Ethylene
  • Ethylene Dibromide
  • Chromium Fumes
  • Nickel Fumes
  • Cadmium Fumes
  • Asbestos Fibers
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Radiation Exposure

What Causes Cancer?

Hydrocarbon Carcinogens

Numerous liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon products have been identified as causes of cancer, perhaps ranking behind only tobacco and asbestos products in number of suspected cancer victims. Among the hydrocarbon carcinogens, benzene has long been among the most widely recognized. It has been implicated as a cancer-causing in both the workplace and in neighborhoods adjacent or near facilities where it is used or produced. Benzene is known to cause leukemia. Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is by far the most common leukemia. AML and its predecessor diseases are also the most common benzene-related cancers. Only exposure to cancer therapy by radiation or chemotherapy and radiation are more likely to result in AML than benzene exposure.

AML (Acute Myelogenous Leukemia)

Acute myelogenous leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow (the spongy tissue inside the bones where blood cells are made). Each word in the name for acute myelogenous leukemia provides us with some insight into the characteristics of the disease. “Leukemia” refers to the progressive proliferation (or spreading) of abnormal leukocytes found in hemopoietic (meaning related to the formation of blood cells) tissues.

Butadiene (1,3-Butadiene)

In a long anticipated decision, the World Health Organization at the June 2007 meeting of its International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working group reclassified 1,3-butadiene from a probable human carcinogen to a proven human carcinogen, meaning it is indisputably known to cause cancer in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer is part of the World Health Organization. It was established in 1965, with the United States as both a founding and a continuous member country. More about butadiene>>

IARC Identification of Cancer Causes

A major stated goal of IARC is the identification of causes of cancer, so that preventive measures may be adopted against such causes. IARC is different from other research institutes because it focuses its studies on human cancer and the relationship of man and his environment. This strong emphasis on cancer etiology (or, cause) has led the Agency to examine over 900 agents and exposures with the goal of unambiguously identifying the ones which cause cancer in humans. The examinations include laboratory investigations, epidemiological studies and working group meetings.

Environmental Risk Factors for Cancer

IARC monographs identify environmental factors that can increase the risk of human cancer. These include chemicals, complex mixtures, occupational exposures, physical and biological agents, and lifestyle factors. Interdisciplinary working groups of expert scientists review the published studies and evaluate the weight of the evidence that an agent can increase the risk of cancer. Each monograph is very detailed and usually includes a brief description of the potential exposure, as well as information about the production, quantity and distribution of the carcinogen and about the studies of the carcinogen.

Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Cancer Lawyer

Contact our cancer attorneys at Bush Lewis PLLC for a free initial consultation. Our firm represents clients with cancer in lawsuits throughout Texas and nationwide to help them seek compensation and hold responsible parties accountable.

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