Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once used in thousands of consumer, industrial and construction products. Despite its uses, asbestos is a known human carcinogen and the National Cancer Institute suggests that there is no safe level of asbestos exposure (1). The most common asbestos-related diseases include mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and gastrointestinal cancer.While the dangers of asbestos are well-known, this “silent killer” often remains hidden. Whether it’s in our homes, schools or offices, asbestos potentially could be lurking everywhere. It’s important that we remind the public about this unseen danger and help victims of asbestos-related diseases. The image above puts this problem into perspective.
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Asbestos is potentially lurking everywhere
Many Americans don’t know what asbestos is or where it can be found, let alone that exposure
to this dangerous material can result in the development of an asbestos-related cancer such as mesothelioma. We’ve been living for nearly 50 years with evidence, studies and research about the dangers of asbestos, and yet it continues to be manufactured, used and exported around the globe.
between 1979-2001, from diseases including mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancer
Asbestos exposure can occur at home or in the workplace
Where asbestos typically is found in homes
If you happen to live in a house that was built before the 1970s, there’s a good chance that asbestos was used in its construction. Even if your house was built since then, asbestos may still be found in some areas.
Also found in…
Asphalt Floor Tiles
Paper Mill Workers
Power Plant Workers
35 million buildings
An asbestos-containing insulation product called Zonolite is believed to be in up to 35 million homes, schools and office buildings.(5)
Common asbestos products, past & present
Despite the grim realities associated with asbestos use, products that used asbestos fibers were touted as miracles of modern science and safe and effective alternatives to more traditional products.
What to do if you think you’ve found asbestos (6)
Asbestos is difficult to find, identify and safely handle. Don’t attempt to remove it yourself. Most asbestos abatement professionals agree that unless the asbestos material is considered “friable” — that is, easily broken or damaged — it is safer to leave it in place than to remove it.
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