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.
The Twelfth Annual Resolution establishing the National Asbestos Awareness week was unanimously approved by the Senate. This was led by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and bipartisan co-sponsors.
Back in 2011, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and cosponsors for introducing a resolution that declares the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week” and seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure.” The other bill sponsors are as follows: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).
Researchers in Italy have analyzed the United States of America’s government SEER cancer database and have determined that individuals being diagnosed with mesothelioma are only slightly higher when they have had radiation treatment than those individuals that have not.
Mesothelioma specialists and scientists had determined that radiation exposure increased your chances of a mesothelioma diagnosis, but this new finding shows that the chances are minimal. An individuals exposure to asbestos through their occupation and environment is still the main cause for mesothelioma.
Imagine you are looking to move into a big, beautiful home that was built in the early 1900s. Your family may be excited about your “new” dream home, but that dream actually may turn out to be a nightmare. During the 1900’s, many homes, buildings, offices, military barracks and other structures were built using asbestos. Until asbestos regulations were enacted during the 1970s and 80s, countless homes were constructed with asbestos building materials. So if your home was built before 1980, then chances are there is asbestos material located on or within the structure.