Diesel fuel comes from crude oil that is drilled from below the ground and ocean bottoms. It has many uses, including fuel for transportation, construction, manufacturing and agricultural equipment. It also moves ships and railroads. When diesel fuel is burned in engines, exhaust fumes are expelled, and people around those fumes breathe and swallow them. Based on all available evidence, the Environmental Protection Agency has classified diesel exhaust as likely to be carcinogenic to humans.
How are Diesel Contaminants Ingested?
Humans breathe with their noses and their mouths. Contaminants inhaled nasally go to the lungs. Those that are inhaled orally mix with saliva, and they’re swallowed. Then, upon exhaling, contaminants also mix with saliva, and they’re swallowed.
How Does Diesel Exhaust Cause Cancer?
Burnt diesel fuel gives off dangerous soot particulates along with certain chemicals that are known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). They’re either breathed far into the lungs or swallowed. If they’re inhaled, they can damage lung DNA. If they’re swallowed, they can damage stomach DNA. That lung or stomach damage can develop into cancer.
Stomach cancer is also known as gastric cancer. It occurs when malignant cancer cells start forming in the lining of the stomach. It progresses through stages, and there is no question that it’s potentially fatal. If you believe that you might have developed stomach cancer from prolonged work around diesel fumes, you’ll want to speak with a trustworthy and knowledgeable diesel exhaust stomach cancer lawyer as soon as possible.
If you live in or around Chicago, you can tell our diesel fumes stomach cancer lawyer about your experience working around diesel exhaust fumes, and we can answer your questions. Contact the Hughes Law Offices Diesel Injury Law to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation by calling 312-741-1456. You can also use our easy contact form to get in touch with us today.