Helping clients obtain compensation for injury suffered through the mistakes of others is our job. As Actos bladder cancer attorneys, part of that job is educating clients about the likelihood they developed cancer or other serious illnesses through the negligence of a drug manufacturer, rather than an unfortunate turn of their own destiny.
As the name implies, bladder cancer is a disordered growth of cells in the bladder, which is a pear-shaped organ behind the pelvic bone that collects and stores urine. The National Cancer Institute estimates there are over 73,000 new cases of bladder cancer diagnosed annually, with over 14,000 resulting deaths.
Though occurring at any age, bladder cancer happens more often in older adults, or people at higher risk, including those with the following factors:
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Exposure to radiation or chemotherapy treatment for other cancers
- Cigarette smoking
- Chemical exposure in the workplace, especially those who apply dye, pesticides, drive trucks, or are rubber, aluminum and leather workers
Another higher risk category is Type 2 diabetics. In efforts to curtail diabetic organ damage, various medications, along with dietary and lifestyle changes, are used to control blood sugar levels.
Pioglitazone, brand name Actos, is in a class of drugs already known to cause congestive heart failure, and is now suspected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of increasing the risk of bladder cancer. This higher risk and incidence of bladder cancer is an urgent reason to speak with an Actos bladder cancer attorney.Painful or difficult urination, abdominal pain and urine leakage can be symptoms of bladder cancer. If you were prescribed Actos and developed these or other symptoms, consult your doctor. In addition, if you need information on your legal rights, consult one of the attorneys at Our Law Firm.