Asbestos in Vinyl Wallpaper

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Did you know that Mesothelioma is one of the most deadly cancers out there? And, did you also know that Mesothelioma could have been stopped before it even got started? It’s a true story. The only way that you can get Mesothelioma is if you’ve been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was used to manufacturer thousands of products before 1980 including vinyl wallpaper.

If you have vinyl wallpaper in your home that was made before 1980, chances are that it contains asbestos and you and your family could be at risk for Mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases.

Asbestos diseases include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural thickening
  • Pleural effusions.

Vinyl wallpaper was used widely in homes because it was easy for anyone to apply it. It was durable and looked great.

If your wallpaper is left undisturbed, chances are there is no present danger. If you cut the wallpaper to make repairs or damage it in any way that allows for the asbestos fibers to escape into the air, then the risk for developing Mesothelioma is present.

There are specialists who can come in and remove the vinyl wallpaper for you. You can remove it yourself if you wear a mask and take the necessary precautions. Spray the wallpaper with lots of water first to help minimize the dust and fibers. Just keep in mind that asbestos fibers can be deadly.

Health problems from asbestos exposure can continue to worsen even after exposure is stopped. If you smoke or are exposed to cigarette smoke and have been exposed to asbestos, this greatly increases your chances of developing lung cancer.

The amount of exposure you’ve had to asbestos is directly related to your chances of developing an asbestos related disease. The amount of fibers that have entered your body will determine the likelihood of illness. You are at high risk if the vinyl wallpaper in your home is damaged allowing asbestos fibers to fill the air you’re breathing over an extended period of time.