Years Later, Asbestos—and the Threat of Mesothelioma—Still a Problem

May 30, 2018
Years Later, Asbestos—and the Threat of Mesothelioma—Still a Problem

Decades after American manufacturers stopped using asbestos in building products, its legacy of harmful health complications remains. As a result, new cases of potentially fatal side effects—including Mesothelioma—are still being diagnosed. Mesothelioma is a potentially fatal respiratory disorder caused by exposure to asbestos found in tile, insulation, and other building products.

In one major American city, a new report has uncovered dangerous levels of asbestos remain in the air in that city’s older school buildings. According to the report, these schools—averaging over 70 years of age—still hold approximately 11 million square feet of asbestos. The full report is available here.

Once hailed for its durability and heat resistance, asbestos can be found nationwide in schools built before 1980. It appears as insulation wrapped around steam pipes, sprayed on walls and ceilings as soundproofing in auditoriums, and used in the manufacture of floor and ceiling tiles.

The symptoms of Mesothelioma—rare cancer affecting the lining of the lung or abdomen—may not appear for 30 to 50 years after a patient’s initial exposure to the product. Since 1960, exposure to asbestos has been the only cause of Mesothelioma.

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, call Graves McLain right away at 918-359-6600 or fill out a free consultation form online.

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