Protect Yourself & Your Loved Ones
Mesothelioma prevention is of the utmost importance if today’s workers and future generations are to be protected from this deadly form of cancer. For workers who have already been exposed to asbestos for years or decades, asbestos regulation in the 1970s came too late. It is time to take action to make sure exposure does not continue to occur in any setting.
Recognized by medical studies and research as the cause of mesothelioma, eliminating asbestos exposure is the key to preventing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related health problems like asbestosis. According to the American Cancer Society:
Being exposed to asbestos is by far the biggest risk factor for mesothelioma, so the best way to reduce your risk is to limit your exposure to asbestos in homes, in public buildings, and at work.
Occupational Asbestos Exposure
Occupational asbestos exposure is by far the most common cause of mesothelioma. At-risk workers include miners, factory workers, insulation workers, construction workers, shipyard workers, shipbuilders, auto mechanics and others. Today, state and federal laws dictate how asbestos is handled in the workplace. Employers should address concerns such as proper ventilation, respiratory gear, protective clothing and proper asbestos disposal to prevent exposure.
Violations of asbestos regulations may place employees at risk of experiencing serious injuries or illnesses, including mesothelioma. Employers may be fined by state or federal authorities for these violations; injured employees may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and possibly to additional compensation if willful wrongdoing or gross negligence was involved.
Other Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos may also be present in older buildings, including homes and office buildings, factories, firehouses, schools and other public buildings, presenting a risk even for people who do not work in fields where asbestos exposure is a potential hazard. Before purchasing a home (and this is typically required by state law) it is important to have an inspection done to determine whether asbestos is present in the property. If asbestos materials are present, special care must be taken when performing renovations or demolition. In some cases, it must be removed before a building may be considered safe to live or work in.
Smoking and Mesothelioma
If you work with or around asbestos and smoke, quitting may decrease your chances of developing lung cancer or mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure. Smoking cigarettes may increase your risk of suffering from respiratory disorders caused by asbestos, due to the effects it has on your lung tissue. If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you may want to consider quitting smoking to reduce your chances of experiencing health problems in the future. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, the deadliest form of cancer in the U.S.
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In light of all the above information, it is apparent that the easiest way to prevent mesothelioma is by eliminating asbestos exposure. If you are not exposed to asbestos, you will not inhale or ingest the fibers that become lodged in the lining of the lungs, heart or abdomen to cause irritation, scarring and the possible development of cancerous cells. At this time, it is impossible to say that one could eliminate their risk of mesothelioma by avoiding asbestos exposure. These minerals, though heavily regulated and banned in some uses, appear in buildings and a number of products in the U.S. and worldwide. One never knows when primary or secondary exposure may occur.
Contact a mesothelioma lawyer at Napoli Shkolnik PLLC today to talk more about the risk factors associated with mesothelioma and what you can do if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.