Earlier this week, we wrote about the increasing awareness of the risk of mesothelioma as a result of exposure to erionite, a mineral that is found in the soil of at least 12 states in the western U.S. Recently, officials with the federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended that employers take a series of steps to protect their employees from the dangers of erionite exposure.
Last month, we wrote about a mineral that was recently proven to be much more carcinogenic to people who were exposed to it than asbestos and asbestos products. However, many people were, and still are unaware of the dangers of exposure to the mineral, causing an increase in mesothelioma diagnoses in the region in which it is prevalent.
In the United States, mesothelioma is very strongly associated with asbestos, and rightly so: asbestos exposure has long been proven to be one of the leading causes of the deadly disease. And because asbestos products were so widely used for so long in so many industries, millions of people in Illinois and throughout the country continue to suffer as a result of their unknowing exposure to asbestos.