Could those vintage holiday decorations that you love so much be putting your entire family's health in danger?
A lot of people travel during the holiday season -- and it's seldom a fun adventure for anyone. However, when you suffer from a chronic illness like mesothelioma, the difficulty of traveling takes on new proportions.
You probably know that asbestos is dangerous -- even lethal. What you may not know, however, is the fact that asbestos can be hiding right in front of you in numerous forms.
The internal watchdog responsible for overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) actions has issued a report indicating that the agency isn't doing what it should do to protect students and staff in the nation's educational institutions from exposure to asbestos. This lapse affects approximately 50 million children and about 7 million adults every year.
It's been 17 years since the collapse of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately, that's still not long enough for many of the people who were near the World Trade Center that day or in Manhattan during the cleanup period to know if they will eventually develop an asbestos-related illness.
These days, comprehensive advertising campaigns have helped spread the word about mesothelioma and asbestos. However, there are several other diseases that are also associated with asbestos -- and many people don't realize it.
Asbestos is such a well-known carcinogen that it has now been banned in at least 55 countries around the world. The United States, however, isn't one of them.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that can strike decades after someone is exposed to asbestos fibers in the air. Historically, long-term survival rates for the disease have been poor -- but statistics aren't everything.
Even though the use of asbestos in building materials and other products has been sharply curtailed for decades, its health effects on the American people are far from over.
Pleural mesothelioma is a type of cancer of the lung that comes from inhaling tiny asbestos fibers.