Typical Asbestos Disease Victim May Be Younger Now, ADAO Asserts

ADAO Report Identifies Children and Spouses With High Indirect Asbestos Exposure

WASHINGTON, DC — June 29, 2007 — The typical victim of asbestos disease is about 51 years old at the time of diagnosis, and an increasing number of patients are under 40, according to testimony given by Linda Reinstein of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) at a Senate hearing. The ADAO bases its figures on case reports from the last three years.

In 1990, the average asbestos disease patient was 70 years old and male, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ADAO now estimates that 50% of individuals with asbestos–related diseases are women and almost 40% were exposed to asbestos indirectly rather than at the job site. Some of the new asbestos victims may be women who washed their husbands' asbestos–laden clothes or children of workers who tracked home asbestos from the workplace.

Ms. Reinstein testified about the terrible emotional, physical and financial cost of asbestos disease, particularly the aggressive cancer, mesothelioma. Medical expenses can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, medications, home health care, psychiatry and travel to medical centers. A widow whose husband died of mesothelioma, Ms. Reinstein estimated that his prescriptions, oxygen and chemotherapy had averaged about $104,000 per month.

The psychological issues can be even more frightening. Because many patients need 24–hour care, home caregivers face mental and physical fatigue. Also, constantly facing death becomes draining for both the patient and the family.

The ADAO and Ms. Reinstein strongly support research to find a cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases, so that future families will not experience the suffering caused by asbestos exposure. Ms. Reinstein was testifying in favor of the Ban Asbestos in America Act of 2007 (S. 742), a bill that would provide funds for research on asbestos diseases and ban the import, manufacture, processing and distribution of asbestos products in the United States.

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