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Facts you should know about asbestos

Ever since the late 1970s, asbestos use has largely been curbed in the United States. Nevertheless, toxic asbestos continues to be a problem. That's because a lot of old homes, commercial buildings and factories contain asbestos. When construction work needs to be performed on these homes, the asbestos dust can enter the air, and get into the sensitive lungs of workers.

Most people know that asbestos is "bad" and can cause deadly illnesses -- especially in the lungs -- but there's a lot of information people don't know. Here are some facts you should be aware of when it comes to asbestos:

  • Asbestos is known to be a human carcinogen because it is known to cause asbestos cancer.
  • The most asbestos was used between the 1930s and the 1970s.
  • US Navy veterans from World War II and the Korean War are the group with the highest chances of developing asbestos-caused illnesses.
  • Even though asbestos can only be used in limited applications in the United States, 30 million pounds continue to be used annually.
  • Asbestos continues to be the number one reason for occupation-related cancer. It's blamed for 54 percent of occupation-related cancers.
  • 45,000 Americans have lost their lives to asbestos since 1979.
  • 10,000 Americans will die this year alone from asbestos-related illness, and there are currently 200,000 suffering with asbestosis.
  • No level of asbestos exposure can be considered safe. Nevertheless, when exposure is longer and more intense, the chances of disease increase.

Have you contracted an asbestos-related illness? It may be the result of your working conditions. If you have an asbestos condition related to your occupation, you may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits to pay for your medical care, lost income and other damages.

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