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Asbestos: How, where, and to whom the deadliest exposure 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.
Once contaminated, many workers may cause secondary asbestos exposure among family members by unintentionally bringing it into the home. Other sources of exposure are naturally occurring deposits of asbestos found in the environment.
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.
Many construction products containing asbestos travel through waste water after flooding and other natural disasters. This is how construction products can contaminate waterways with asbestos in the groundwater supply.
The most common occupational exposure to asbestos typically occurs at the following job sites:
- Metal Works
- Power Plants
- Chemical Plants
Common occupations that remain at risk of asbestos exposure–despite efforts to reduce or eliminate the dangerous substance–such as drywall tapers, electricians, firefighters, auto mechanics and many others.
More asbestos exposure details: The various health risks caused by this preventable danger
Because no amount of asbestos exposure is ever considered safe, most medical problems arise after years–and sometimes decades–of repeated and extensive exposure to products containing 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–such as a 2020 study in which some researchers believe asbestos should be listed as a possible risk factor for bile duct cancer–continues to investigate other diseases that might be caused by asbestos exposure.
It may take some 10 to 70 years after the initial exposure for these asbestos-related diagnoses to develop–this includes related cancers that typically take anywhere from 20-50 years to develop.
It may take between 10 to 70 years after the dates of initial exposure for asbestos-related diagnoses to develop–this includes related cancers that usually take 20-50 years to develop.
Also, research has drawn a definite connection between people exposed to asbestos that also smoke as being at a greater risk of developing lung cancer.
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