MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — An abatement project to remove asbestos that was discovered in the West Virginia Army National Guard Armory in Morgantown is expected to begin at the end of January.

According to Lt. Col. David Shafer, the abatement project, which will cost about $29,500, will be done by a contractor. Lt. Col. Shafer explains the asbestos isn’t friable, meaning that it cannot be released into the air and will not pose a health risk to those around it.

The danger behind asbestos fibers stems from the fact that once airborne, they can be breathed in by unsuspecting victims, leading to several diseases such as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lung, heart and chest cavities. Approximately 3,000 new cases are discovered yearly in the United States ,but many more go unnoticed because it can take up to 50 years for the cancer to develop and symptoms may be so mild that the victim will not seek medical attention.

Although there are treatments that may help prolong the lives of mesothelioma victims, such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, sadly, there is currently no cure for the terrible illness.

Meanwhile, The National Guard has made plans to move to a new $20.5 million readiness center by the summer of 2013. The ownership of the existing armory will be transferred to the city of Morgantown.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mesothelioma, speak to a mesothelioma attorney immediately to discuss your options and fight for your rights. Your paralegal will investigate your employment history to determine the source of your exposure to asbestos. Anyone responsible for your illness will be held accountable.

As a mesothelioma victim, you may be entitled to thousands, if not millions of dollars in medical care and money damages. Mesothelioma lawyers work hard to ensure you obtain the maximum possible compensation for your pain and suffering. Trust that your mesothelioma lawyer will make sure your case ends with the best possible outcome.

Contact a top team of mesothelioma attorneys today to fight for your rights.