Millions of Americans across the U.S. have suffered exposure to the asbestos fibers that cause the fatal conditions mesothelioma, lung cancer, other cancers, and asbestosis. In addition, workers who came home from the shipyards, construction sites, and factories with the dust on their clothes, skin, and hair also exposed their spouses and children -- many who have now been diagnosed with asbestos-related disease, themselves.
For many veterans and their families, receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. The cancer might have been developing in their bodies for years or decades, and there is still no known cure for the asbestos-related disease.
Many of those exposed to asbestos have no idea that asbestosis, mesothelioma, or lung cancer might be developing in their body, since the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases often do not appear for ten to seventy years.
One of the first questions mesothelioma patients have after receiving a diagnosis is "How was I exposed to asbestos?" The fact is that many American citizens have been at risk for asbestos exposure throughout the years.
If you have lost someone to an asbestos-related disease, you are not alone. Tomorrow, as part of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is inviting you to light a candle for your loved one.
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.
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.
Do you work in one of the blue collar trades listed on our website? If so, you could be at risk for developing a fatal asbestos-related disease due to exposure on the job. Throughout the twentieth century, workers have been exposed to hazardous amounts of asbestos while at work.
Talking to your doctor about any past asbestos exposure is very important. It is not uncommon that the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases are mistaken for other respiratory conditions, and without the proper work and exposure history, your doctor may not detect symptoms before it is too late.
Boiler and furnace makers are just some of the workers at risk for developing illnesses like asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. But why?