According to usnews.com, health experts say asbestos continues to make us sick, despite the fact that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began banning asbestos in the 1970s. Asbestos is still found in older buildings and allowed in newly produced materials ranging from brake lining to window caulk. When microscopic asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can cause health problems like the chronic lung disease asbestosis, in which lung tissue can become scarred over time, hampering breathing and raising cancer risk. For some people who are exposed to asbestos, the exposure may lead to the development of lung cancer or another aggressive cancer that attacks the lungs and abdomen called mesothelioma.
The composite of who’s at risk from asbestos exposure is hardly limited to workers from a bygone era. Workers and homeowners today also face their own challenges. While long-term exposure raises the risk of asbestos-related problems, it appears even brief exposure to asbestos can potentially have serious or even fatal consequences. Those at risk can include the homeowner who’s renovating an older house or a worker who is exposed to asbestos-containing materials on the job. Work in the home can be done safely if the homeowner hires a properly trained, licensed professional to ensure proper asbestos removal.
Since there are areas where naturally occurring asbestos lays just under the soil, those who live near those areas should take extreme caution to not track dirt into their homes. To mitigate risk, the EPA recommends leaving asbestos in rock or soil, undisturbed. The agency says to cover or cap it, limit activities that generate dust and excavate and disposed of naturally occurring asbestos.
Asbestos exposure has been shown to cause malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and a variety of other cancers. If you or a friend has been diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma, please call us at 1(800)995-6991 for a free consultation.