How is Asbestos Used?

Asbestos was mined and used commercially in North America beginning in the late 1800s. Its use increased greatly during World War II. Since then, it has been used in many industries. For example, the building and construction industry has used it for strengthening cement and plastics as well as for insulation, fireproofing, and sound absorption. […]

How does smoking affect risk?

Many studies have shown that the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure is particularly hazardous causing diseases like mesotheloma cancer. Smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a greatlyincreased risk of mesathelioma lung cancer. However, smoking combined with asbestos exposure does not appear to increase the risk of mesothilioma. Asbestos is a hazardous disease but […]

Asbestos — How great is the risk?

Not all workers exposed to asbestos will develop diseases like mesotheloma cancer related to their exposure. The risk of developing asbestos-related mesathelioma diseases varies with the type of industry in which the exposure occurred and with the extent of the exposure. Asbestos that is bonded into finished products such as walls and tiles poses no […]

Asbestos Workers Protection

Employers are required to follow regulations dealing with asbestos exposure on the job that have been issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Federal agency responsible for health and safety regulations in maritime, construction, manufacturing, and service workplaces. The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) enforces regulations related to mine safety. Workers […]

Other sources of asbestos information

The organizations listed below can provide more information about asbestos exposure which causes mesotheloma diseases. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is responsible for preventing exposure, adverse human health effects, and diminished quality of lifeassociated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. The […]

Nonoccupational Exposure

Asbestos is so widely used that the entire population has been exposed to some degree causing mesotheloma diseases. Air, drinking water, and a variety of consumer products all may contain small amounts of asbestos causing mesathelioma cancer. In addition, asbestos fibers are released into the environment from natural deposits in the earth and as a […]

What are the health hazards of exposure to asbestos?

Exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of several serious diseases like mesotheloma cancers: Asbestosis—a chronic lung ailment that can produce shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage; Lung cancer; Mesathelioma—a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen; and Other cancers, such as those of the larynx, oropharynx,gastrointestinal tract, and kidney. # # # Sources of National […]

Government and Asbestos Protection

Mesothelioma Medical services related to asbestos exposure are available through the Government for certain groups of eligible individuals. In general, individuals must pay for their own medical services unless they are covered by private or Government health insurance. Some people with symptoms of mesotheleoma asbestos-related illness may be eligible for Medicare coverage. Information about benefits […]

Who needs to be examined?

Individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to asbestos fibers on the job or at home via a family contact should inform their physician of their exposure history and any symptoms. Asbestos fibers can be measured in urine, feces, mucus, or material rinsed out of the lungs. A thorough physical examination, including a chest x-ray and […]