Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. The most common cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is commonly used in industrial products, such as cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring, insulation and more. These products can release asbestos fibers into the air, where they can be swallowed or inhaled and remain trapped in the body for years. The health problems that result from inhalation and exposure to asbestos are extremely serious, and impact thousands of Americans every year.
Mesothelioma Risk Factors
Workers in industrial occupations or who work in older facilities are often at high risk for exposure to asbestos. The health risks associated with asbestos exposure have been well documented, and many Asbestos-containing Products (ACPs) have been banned by federal law. Banned ACPs include asbestos pipe insulation, flooring felt, commercial paper, spray-applied surfacing and more.
However, there are still several ACPs that are not currently banned in the United States. Although federal regulations of asbestos use are more heavily enforced than ever before, many people may still be at risk. According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 3,000 new Mesothelioma cases diagnosed every year. This is a serious and widespread health problem that can be devastating to patients and their families.