Did you know that asbestos can still be used in the United States of America? One of the most common places to find asbestos products is in homes. Most people can easily see broken windows, cracks, holes, mold and other common issues with a home, but not many homeowners know that they may be at risk to asbestos exposure. People who own older homes should be diligent in making sure that their home is clean of asbestos. Even though asbestos is not outlawed in the USA, it is regulated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), but this does not mean that all homes are free of asbestos.
The public awareness to the health risks of asbestos has increased over the past few decades. It is well publicized that asbestos has been used in building materials, in the military, in products and much more. Almost all Americans have come into contact with an asbestos product at one time or another, most likely without them even knowing it. That is a scary statement. You and your family members could be in contact with asbestos products on a regular basis without you even knowing it.
Patients commonly begin by seeing a family physician who examines them and asks about their general health and symptoms. During a physical examination, the doctor will feel the area where there is swelling or pain to see if they can find a lump. The doctor also will listen to a patient’s chest to see if there are any signs of fluid collecting.