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Asbestos exposure details: How, where, and to whom the deadliest damage occurs
There are several patterns that emerge for victims that suffer asbestos exposure and the cancer diagnoses that are often a result of that poisoning. People are primarily exposed to asbestos in the workplace through direct or indirect exposure to asbestos products.
Workers may also bring asbestos home and cause secondary asbestos exposure among family members. Another source of exposure is naturally occurring deposits of asbestos.
Thousands of products were manufactured by companies using asbestos fibers. Asbestos may be found in insulation, drywall, ceiling and floor tiles, cement, paint and more. Most U.S. homes and commercial buildings built before 1980 contain asbestos products.
These asbestos-containing construction products are able to travel through waste water after flooding and other natural disasters. In this way, construction products can contaminate waterways with asbestos in the water supply.
The most common occupational exposure to asbestos typically occurs at the following job sites:
- Chemical Plants
- Metal Works
- Power Plants
Even though many organizations have improved the control of asbestos, occupations such as drywall tapers, electricians, firefighters, auto mechanics and many other occupations remain at risk.
More asbestos exposure details: The various health risks caused by this preventable danger
While no level of asbestos exposure is considered safe, most problems arise after years of repeated and long-term exposure to this deadly carcinogen.
The most common diagnoses of deadly conditions that result from excessive asbestos exposure include:
- Mesothelioma. This is a rare and incurable cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs or abdomen.
- Lung cancer. Asbestos-related lung cancer accounts for approximately 4% of all lung cancer cases.
- Ovarian cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer confirmed in 2012 that asbestos causes ovarian cancer.
- Laryngeal cancer. The National Institutes of Health confirmed in 2006 that asbestos causes laryngeal cancer.
Research continues to investigate other diseases that might be caused by asbestos exposure–such as a 2020 study in which some researchers believe asbestos should be listed as a possible risk factor for bile duct cancer.
It may take anywhere from 10 to 70 years after the initial exposure for asbestos-related diseases to develop–while related cancers usually take 20-50 years to develop.
Also, studies have confirmed that people who were also exposed to asbestos while smoking are at the greatest risk of developing lung cancer.
The Consumer Justice Action team believes that victims of asbestos exposure and a deadly cancer diagnosis should be able to hold the responsible organizations accountable for compensation and justice.
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