Each year, nearly 3,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma. When you or someone you love receives a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis, trying to understand this medically complicated cancer can be an overwhelming process.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of minerals that contain strong, flexible and easily separated fibers. A poor conductor of heat and electricity, asbestos is a multipurpose material used in a number of building, manufacturing and commercial applications.
The qualities that make asbestos a highly desirable material also make it deadly. Once disturbed, asbestos fibers turn into microscopic airborne dust particles. Lingering in the air for hours or days, these fibers can attach to clothing or work instruments. If these fibers are inhaled, they can cause serious health problems. Asbestos exposure has been known to cause a number of cancers, the most notable being mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that normally attacks the lungs and abdomen.
While some countries have completely banned asbestos, and other countries, like the United States, have placed heavy regulations on its use, asbestos is still present and continues to be used.
The prevalence of asbestos use during the 20th century now poses serious health risks for more than one million U.S. workers.
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If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another disease linked to asbestos exposure, however, we strongly recommend you find a mesothelioma specialist by reaching out to an organization such as the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation for the most up-to-date information.
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