MESOTHELIOMA JOB RISK
Former automotive industry workers risk developing
The risk of developing mesothelioma on the job is particularly acute in the automotive industry.
October 15, 2009 - The cancer-causing mineral asbestos, widely used in automotive industry jobs, is linked to the development of serious illnesses including mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that has no cure and is always fatal.
Asbestos was commonly used in many different auto parts, including brake pads and linings, gaskets and hood liners. Exposure occurs when the asbestos-containing materials are damaged on the job, releasing toxic fibers into the air.
People nearby can inhale or ingest the fibers into the body, where they may become lodged in organs or cavities. Overtime, inflammation or infection occurs and mesothelioma develops.
Mesothelioma risk in auto industry jobs
Since 1940, an estimated 6 million automobile mechanics have been exposed on the job to asbestos in brakes, resulting in approximately 580 asbestos-related cancer deaths annually.
Unfortunately, due to mesothelioma’s long incubation period, this number is expected to rise as more workers exposed to asbestos begin to demonstrate symptoms of an asbestos-related illness after retiring from the job.
Automotive industry workers are encouraged to schedule regular checkups with a doctor and inform a physician of previous exposure to asbestos. Though a cure does not exist, early diagnosis of mesothelioma can yield greater treatment options for patients.
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Government sources estimate that in the next decade more than 35,000 people nationwide will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is most often the result of asbestos exposure on jobs – and usually contracted through employers’ blatant disregard for the health and safety of their workers.
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