Even though asbestos use in the United States was largely phased out in the late 1970's, individuals all over the country are still feeling the effects of exposure today. Exposure to asbestos can lead to serious diseases and cancers, including asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Many Americans are surprised to find out that thousands of products were made with asbestos fibers before the substance was declared a hazard to human health in the late 1970s. Chrysotile asbestos fibers were spun and woven into materials to make oven mitts, blankets, and more; while amosite fibers were used within different types of insulation products.
Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, there are still a variety of treatment plans available to patients. Treating mesothelioma early on is the key to living a longer, healthier life with the disease, and a new blood test may help detect the cancer decades before symptoms begin to appear.
Many people have heard that asbestos is a dangerous substance to be avoided. But did you know that there are two groups that asbestos fibers belong to?
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Have you been keeping up with the so-called FACT (Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency) Act? Veterans, first responders, teachers, and many more are urging lawmakers to reject the bill that would require the sharing of private information of victims and their families.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, you are at risk for several different respiratory conditions in your lifetime. Fatal cancers and other conditions can occur years or decades after exposure to asbestos takes place.
At the end of 2015, the first responders present during the 9/11 terrorist attacks won a huge victory: the Zadroga Act passed through Congress, extending their health care program from 75 years. In September, Congress had failed to reauthorize funding for health care, but in December, both the House and the Senate voted to extend the deadline.
If you live in an older home, you might be wondering if asbestos is present within any of the materials it was built with. Running into asbestos during a renovation or remodel can cost money and jeopardize your health, so familiarizing yourself with where asbestos might be present would be a good idea.
While most of those diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases are well past retirement, younger victims are still out there. Exposure to older asbestos products and secondary exposure have led to debilitating diseases in younger individuals today.