At some point of time all of us have come in contact of asbestos. Asbestos in the air we inhale and the water we consider drinkable. There is a possibility that we come in contact with asbestos in the form of natural deposits in the earth, and from the deterioration of products made of asbestos in the environment around us. This was considered normal and unthreatening. Substantial exposure for a length of time mostly results in one becoming a victim of mesothelioma cancer due to asbestos exposure.
Later on a few cases came into focus where it was found that family members of people working in asbestos environment were also showing signs of mesothelioma cancer. It was discovered that these members came in contact with asbestos from the hair, skin and clothes of their family member who went to work in asbestos atmosphere.
In early 1800 asbestos was commercially used in North America and its use increased many folds during World War II when ships were being manufactured and supplied in ample. There was a time when asbestos was used in manufacturing of approximately 5000 products. Its was used in construction, automotive and manufacturing industries etc.
As time went by people who came in contact with asbestos started to show symptoms. In the late 1970s, the Consumer Products Safety Commission banned the use of asbestos in wallboard patching compounds. Then again in 1989 all new use of asbestos was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency, but uses sanctioned and established prior to 1989 continued as it is.
Needless to mention that the use of asbestos has come down to a great extent because of awareness but surprisingly it is still imported, used and continues being a threat for the people who are even slightly or indirectly part of that environment.
Mesothelioma cancer cases have begun to drop. All efforts are on to discourage its use in even mildest form but a calamity like World Trade 9/11 disaster has affected a lot of people who were around during that time. They were exposed to gas/air filled with carcinogenic asbestos particles. Such conditions are unpredictable and beyond one’s control.
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