The Dangers of Asbestos: Mesothelioma Cancer
Asbestos has been a hot topic of discussion over the past few months regarding environmental health. There are many myths around asbestos including that it is banned in the United States and not fully proven to be related to illnesses.
The matter of the truth is that both those points are false. Asbestos is now limited to only about 30 millions pounds annually in the United States, and is directly related to different diseases like peritoneal mesothelioma. It can be essential to the future of your family’s health to know whether your home contains asbestos or not. This is because if any of the asbestos in your home is exposed and becomes airborne, it allows the fibers to breathed in and become lodged in the lungs. Asbestos can be found in several areas of your home and can be located in areas around the air ducts, walls, ceiling, floor, roof, and siding to name a few.
Heather Von St. James, a current mesothelioma survivor of 11 years, was exposed to asbestos as a child when wearing her father’s construction work coat. Due to the latency period of a disease like mesothelioma, it took years from her childhood to aged 35 to fully develop the symptoms of the deadly disease. She is currently fighting to have increased regulations on asbestos to help protect children and families across the country. You can help out through her change.org petition here.
The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 30 million homes in the United States still contain asbestos in them. If you suspect that you have any asbestos in your home, it should be absolutely essential to invest and get your home inspected. Even if you know the asbestos in your home is harmless, and properly enclosed from being airborne, keep an eye on it. Houses can become worn down over time, and noticing small cracks or chips can easily be overlooked. The fee for an inspection is relatively small (The U.S. average is around $500) and a professional can tell you whether or not the asbestos in your home is a potential health danger to your family.
For more information and answers to your question on asbestos, mesothelioma cancer, and Heather Von St. James’ story, you can go to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance official website.