Asbestos Awareness Week April 1 – April 7
I’ve been asked If I would mind highlighting Asbestos Awareness Week, so obviously I agreed to do so.
I have curated some salient points from: www.mesothelioma.com/asbestos-cancer/ if you want more information just click the link.
Asbestos cancer is more commonly known as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma, the type of cancer most commonly associated with asbestos exposure, is a malignancy that occurs in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, and heart. A mesothelioma diagnosis is generally classified as one of the following three types: pleural mesothelioma which occurs in the lining of the lungs (the pleura); peritoneal mesothelioma which occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity (the peritoneum); and pericardial mesothelioma which occurs in the lining of the heart (the pericardium).
Asbestos, which has been used for, quite literally, thousands of years as a fire-retardant and insulation material has long been connected to sickness, though not necessarily cancer until the last 50 years. Once asbestos was classified as a known carcinogen, the Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission imposed strict regulations on its use in commercial and industrial products. Unfortunately, many of the companies producing asbestos products were well aware of the hazards which asbestos posed and continued to expose workers and labourers to the harmful asbestos fibres.
For the full article go to the link: www.mesothelioma.com/asbestos-cancer/