Mesothelioma, the relatively rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, generally takes decades to develop. Because a large portion of mesothelioma cases stem from workplace exposure, including navy veterans and shipyard workers, most of us imagine mesothelioma victims as people aged 60 and above.
Inhaling asbestos dust increases your risk for mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Unfortunately, many workers were not aware of the danger asbestos posed. For decades, companies failed to warn workers of what they knew of the science behind asbestos exposure.
According to the International Commission on Occupational Health, a non-govermental organization dedicated to workers' health issues, deaths caused by asbestos exposure are likely to be significantly higher than reported.
According to the results of a joint investigation by the District Attorney's offices in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, 17 certified asbestos inspectors routinely lied about performing inspections, putting construction workers and nearby residents at risk of asbestos exposure.
How old is your child's school? Is it due for a renovation? Do you know the risks schoolchildren and their teachers face each day due to asbestos exposure?
Think asbestos is banned in the United States? Well, you may be surprised to learn that it isn't. In fact, despite the known dangers and deadly medical conditions associated with this hazardous material -- including mesothelioma and lung cancer -- U.S. lawmakers still haven't enacted a comprehensive asbestos ban.
Belgian researchers from Ghent University and Antwerp University say that breath tests could be the next medical advancement in the quest for early mesothelioma detection.
When your child gets on the school bus every morning, the last thing you expect is that he or she is being driven to a classroom contaminated with dangerous asbestos. While this may sound surprising to many, the sad reality is that school administrators aren't necessarily required by law to remove asbestos, even if they know it is there.
While most people are aware that asbestos exposure can be dangerous, many don't truly understand just how deadly it can be. In fact, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), asbestos kills more than 190,000 people throughout the world each year. Even worse, various forms of asbestos are still legal in nearly 70 percent of the world today — including the United States.
Even though many types of asbestos-containing materials have been banned in the U.S. since the 1970s, people are still getting sick and suffering from deadly conditions because of this hazardous substance. If fact, while asbestos use has declined sharply over the last four decades, instances of mesothelioma-related deaths has actually increased.