How Asbestos Exposure Can Lead to Mesothelioma
Although mesothelioma is a relatively rare form of cancer, the American Cancer Society estimates about 3,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma. Roughly 8 out of 10 people with mesothelioma have been exposed to asbestos. Most people exposed to asbestos are workers who are using asbestos products in their industry. Here's what you need to know.
Occupational Exposure to Asbestos
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most occupational asbestos exposure occurs when doing the following activities while working with asbestos that was installed years ago:
The Mesothelioma Latency Period
Mesothelioma can take 20 to 50 years to develop. This means even though workers may have been exposed years ago or are currently working with older asbestos products, they are still at risk of developing mesothelioma at any given time. Read on to learn more about the risks associated with the occupations listed below.
The following occupations have the highest risk of asbestos exposure:
Construction workers must often work with many types of materials and products. Some roofing and flooring products are still made with asbestos today. In addition, demolition and renovations in older homes may have more asbestos-made building materials than newer homes or buildings.
Asbestos was used as fireproofing material for many years, but in 1973, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned its use for fireproofing and insulation. However, during a fire, fire-damaged asbestos products in older constructions can cause toxic fibers to become airborne. Asbestos was also used to make clothing, helmets, and boots for firefighter protection.
The following industrial workers often work with chemicals and other products containing asbestos:
- Chemical Workers
- Machine Operators
- Industrial Insulators
Power Plant Workers
Power plant workers may have been exposed to asbestos through handling asbestos pipe coverings, asbestos boilers, cement containing asbestos, firebrick, acoustic plaster, asbestos blankets, and more.
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