Recently, I wrote an article about the new change to health insurance. Because of this, I think this might be a good time to get away from the legal news aspect of the blog and spend a little time talking about cancer. Specifically, I want to spend some time on mesothelioma.
In my previous post, I told you that insurance companies can no longer set rates or deny insurance based on genetic tests or family medical history. However, mesothelioma is not genetic, so it does not fall under that category. That means that you could still feasibly be denied insurance because of asbestos exposure. In addition, many families still cannot afford health insurance. This puts them in a terrible spot if cancer ever does strike.
Fortunately, there are a lot of different organizations out there raising awareness and funding for cancer research. However, mesothelioma does not see very much of this because it is such a rare cancer. This also makes it difficult to study. There are some groups advocating more research, but they do not have near the base that groups like the Susan G Komen Foundation have.
Another highly unfortunate point of mesothelioma is that it is almost always avoidable. The cancer is caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure over time. Because asbestos is highly regulated, people should not be exposed to it. Sadly, that’s not the case. This makes mesothelioma lawyers necessary.
Obviously, anyone diagnosed with mesothelioma should be in contact with their physician. However, it is also a good idea to speak with an attorney. While it may seem strange, this attorney may be able to help you more than you know. Everything from monetary help with your medical bills to having an expert on hand to explain the non medical side of the disease. If you’ve got a family member who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, I highly recommend that you get in touch with a mesothelioma lawyer.