Health Dangers of Asbestos
For years, the dangers from cancer-causing asbestos were underestimated, ignored and even hidden.
Asbestos had so many positive properties that made it a key ingredient for fireproofing, insulating and strengthening substances. Asbestos was also lightweight, chemically inert and stable when blended into over 3,000 different products. Life magazine called asbestos a “miracle material” in the 1940s.
American manufacturers used millions of tons of raw asbestos during a five-decade height from the 1930s to the early 1980s, directly exposing numerous American workers to airborne asbestos. Many innocent people also experienced secondhand asbestos exposure.
Tens of thousands died after developing cancer from asbestos.
Mesothelioma Rates Today
Approximately 3,000 people are still diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in America. Mesothelioma rates are even higher in other nations that don’t have as much awareness about asbestos health hazards.
The exposure caught up with asbestos producers and suppliers when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) blacklisted all asbestos materials as prime carcinogens that caused mesothelioma and other forms of cancer.
Thousands came into contact with asbestos on a regular basis. Get a free legal case review to find out if you may have been exposed.
However, asbestos is still not completely banned in the U.S., and millions of homes, factories, and mechanical equipment still contain the deadly material.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all occupational deaths from cancer are from asbestos exposure.