There is a new comprehensive article about the affects of asbestos diseases in Britain which highlights the long latency period and why many “unexpected” people develop mesothelioma, for example.
This article, “Asbestos: The Killer That Still Surrounds Us“, by Harry de Quetteville, was published online September 1, 2014. It deserves a full read by anyone who is interested in the asbestos-mesothelioma experience, from the diagnosis to the end.
From this compelling article:
The reason that we are feeling its deadly effects now is that, though asbestos use has been illegal for years (all types of asbestos were eventually banned by law in 1999), it usually takes decades for mesothelioma to develop. And the mesothelioma scourge is not confined to veterans of industrial building jobs. Asbestos has been, and in many cases still is, embedded in the homes we live in, the offices we work in, the schools we are educated in, and the stores we shop in. As a result, mesothelioma is no respecter of class, wealth, occupation, or age.
As regards this aspect, the article includes a three-part depiction titled “How asbestos causes mesothelioma“.
And here is another excerpt from this recent article about asbestos diseases:
With most cancers, it is hard to know the exact cause. Though some smokers get lung cancer, for example, not all lung cancer sufferers have smoked. But mesothelioma is different. In almost every case, the cause is exposure to asbestos – a fibrous building material once dubbed “miraculous”, but now known to be mortally dangerous.
The article includes a time line, “A brief history of asbestos“, with information about the rise and fall of asbestos use around the globe.
Again, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read “Asbestos: The Killer That Still Surrounds Us“.
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