In the U.S. alone, it is estimated that as many as 10,000 people die every year from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Worldwide, that number is as high as 107,000. Asbestos is so toxic that 60 countries have banned its use -- but not the United States.
If you thought that the deadly effects of products containing asbestos were long over, you should know that, even now, courts throughout Illinois see new asbestos injury and wrongful death lawsuits filed on a regular basis. This is because people can still develop asbestos-related illness many years after exposure, and also because companies continue to manufacture projects containing asbestos and other deadly components.
A recent study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that coal tar-based asphalt sealants commonly used to update residential driveways and commercial parking lots contains an ingredient that may cause cancer, especially in children. According to the study, the black sealcoat is essentially a chemical compound called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, in concentrated form. PAH is known to cause cancer.