Despite decline in asbestos manufacturing, danger persists for asbestos cancers and asbestosis.
All across America, men and woman are being diagnosed with illnesses from asbestos, despite the fact that the use of asbestos in manufacturing had declined dramatically. Most people are surprised to learn that cancers from asbestos can take decades to develop in the people who were exposed to the carcinogen.
The federal government has identified 28 former asbestos manufacturing sites as priority locations for community-wide evaluations of asbestos disease because these sites received approximately 80 percent of the asbestos in Libby from 1964 through 1990. EPA estimates that 30 million homes have vermiculite asbestos attic insulation made at processing plants all across the country.
The danger is no less palpable in Britain, where 4,000 people die yearly from mesothelioma – the terminal asbestos-related cancer of the lung lining that takes decades to manifest – and other asbestos-related lung cancers, a recent article reported in the Independent.
The same article points out that despite the fact that all forms of the mineral are now banned in Britain, it will continue to kill for many years to come.
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