It is well known that exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. However, developing research suggests that exposure to asbestos can also contribute to various other cancers, especially those of the Gastrointestinal tract. A recent study published by Northwestern University found evidence that implicates all forms of asbestos exposure to increase risk of stomach cancer as well as other cancers including the larynx, esophagus, intestines and colorectal regions.
Research is far from complete, but multiple other studies have established a link between elevated risk of gastrointestinal cancers and asbestos. Various studies including this publication by the Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Asbestos highlight several occupational exposure cohort studies that suggest a slightly increased risk of stomach cancer with exposure to asbestos. The American Journal of Epidemiology published research suggesting new evidence that asbestos exposure is a contributing factor to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. In terms of occupational exposure, another study found a specific tendency towards an increased in a risk of colon cancer for both railroad and gas station workers. Further, it was found that general occupational exposure to asbestos was also linked to a slight increased risk of colon and rectal cancers.
Railroad workers are one of many occupational groups that often faced heavy asbestos exposure during employment. If you, or someone you know are a railroad worker diagnosed with cancer of the stomach, larynx, esophagus or colon it is possible that asbestos was a contributing factor. The attorneys at Doran and Murphy represent railroad workers who suffer not just from lung cancer, but also cancers of the colorectal region, larynx, esophagus, and more. As research develops, so does their practice.
To speak with an attorney regarding asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal cancers, please call us today at 1-800-374-2144.