Mesothelioma is a very serious disease. One of the reasons it is so serious is that many people do not know what puts them at risk for mesothelioma. The basic risk of getting mesothelioma has to do with exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is very common in many things and so it is not very difficult to be exposed. The first cause is exposure to asbestos through his profession. This is very common in many different professions. People who work in the shipbuilding trades, asbestos mining and milling, manufacturing of asbestos products (such as textile), insulation work in construction and building, and brake repair are at risk. There are also many other professions that involve exposure to asbestos. Men are often associated with a higher mesothelioma risk because many asbestos-related jobs are often held by men. Smoking increases the risk of mesothelioma tenfold.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lungs, and the harmful chemicals in cigarettes damage by smoke from the lungs beyond repair. When cigarette smoke is coupled with asbestos, the risks of developing mesothelioma and other lung cancers are greatly increased. People who smoke should make every effort to stop smoking in order to protect their exposure to asbestos can lungs. Environmental also increase the risk of developing mesothelioma. People living in neighborhoods near asbestos grinding or manufacturing plants need to be aware of potential risk factors. Vermiculite, which is an asbestos-free mineral silicate, was mined in Libby Montana. It was later revealed to be heavily contaminated with asbestos. Many children played in the vermiculite heaps that were in the city. These children later developed mesothelioma. There are 28 sites across the United States that have received Libby vermiculite mine that have been selected for a community-wide risk assessment of asbestos disease. Another disease to develop mesothelioma is the use of products containing asbestos.
Asbestos is in a very large number of consumer products, many of which are used today. Products such as electric blankets, heat guns, curling irons, molding clays, fryers, crock pots, frying pans, correction drywall, faux fireplace logs, correction drywall and pipe insulation d packaging could put one at risk. There are also many other products that contain or have had exposure to asbestos. There are many products containing asbestos that have been banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Unfortunately, there are still products that contain asbestos. It is a good idea to avoid using these products if possible, to reduce the risk of mesothelioma.