Americans still dying from asbestos exposure

10 Oct 2018 by under News

asbestos Trump Russia Facebook image OAO 100x100 Americans still dying from asbestos exposure, the fibrous mineral that was once widely used in various industry materials, has a deadly legacy. Its use was significantly restricted in the 1980s, but each year in the United States, an estimated 3,000 people are diagnosed with , a rare but deadly form of cancer caused by inhaling or ingesting , according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

People who worked in industries where asbestos was present are at greater risk of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases. But so are family members of asbestos-exposed workers who, unaware of the dangers, who would bring asbestos fibers home on their clothes.

Asbestos exposure was greatest at major construction sites, shipyards, military bases and vessels, and during construction and renovations of commercial buildings. People were also exposed to the carcinogenic mineral working around boilers and insulated piping. But also teachers, students and others who worked in schools built before the 1980s were exposed to asbestos products like ceilings and floor tiles. Left undisturbed, asbestos doesn’t pose a risk. But if the material is damaged through renovations or general wear and tear, asbestos fibers can go airborne and pose serious health risks.

Asbestos was highly concentrated in these areas across the country. According to Blue & Green Today magazine, California has the most asbestos sites in the nation with more than 5,000. Ohio ranks second with about 3,200 sites followed by Texas (2,532), Pennsylvania (2,512), and Illinois (2,156).

Because asbestos exposure is so dangerous, the mineral is banned in more than 60 countries. It is still used in the United States. And while its use is restricted, a significant new use rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration will now allow new uses of asbestos.

Sources:
Blue & Green Tomorrow
ASCO

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