Asbestos is a fibrous mineral compound that used to be highly prized by the construction, manufacturing and automotive industries. In the 1920s, scientists started publishing studies tracing the carcinogenic link between asbestos exposure and fatal diseases, including mesothelioma. Unfortunately, greedy companies ignored these warnings (and their internal reports) and continued to allow their blue-collar employees to handle cheap, asbestos-containing materials. If corporations had acted responsibly when the truth about asbestos was originally exposed, countless American lives could have been saved.
Because corporations and politicians – including our president – continue to make false statements and publish misleading research regarding asbestos, there are many pervasive myths and misconceptions surrounding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. The attorneys at Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. are committed to representing clients who have suffered after being exposed to this dangerous carcinogen. For this reason, we’ve created this blog to debunk 5 of the most common myths surrounding asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.
Myth #1: The EPA Has Banned Asbestos
Sadly, the United States is one of the few developed countries that has failed to completely ban this toxic mineral. In fact, the EPA has been repeatedly pressured by higher powers to support corporate interests over public safety, which is why we have some of the lightest asbestos regulations in the world. Last year, the EPA announced a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) to prevent companies from importing or marketing asbestos-containing products without the agency’s tacit approval. While this might seem like a positive development, this SNUR is actually in violation of the Toxic Substances Control act of 1796 because it brings asbestos back into our country.
Myth #2: Mesothelioma Only Affects a Patient’s Lungs
False. Mesothelioma can develop in the lungs, abdomen, and other internal organs. That said, 75% of all mesothelioma cases develop in the lungs and chest because it’s so easy to inhale asbestos fibers.
Asbestos exposure can lead to the following types of mesothelioma:
- Peritoneal mesothelioma (abdomen)
- Pleural mesothelioma (lungs)
- Pericardial mesothelioma (heart)
- Testicular mesothelioma (testes)
Myth #3: Mesothelioma Is a Contagious Disease
No, like other forms of cancer, mesothelioma is not contagious. You cannot contract this disease from another person or inherit it genetically from a family member.
Myth #4: Mesothelioma Is a Rare Disease, So I Don’t Have to Worry About Asbestos Exposure
Although mesothelioma is a rare disease, it still kills about 15,000 Americans each year. Plus, medical studies have proven that inhaling or consuming even a small dose of asbestos fibers can lead to mesothelioma.
Myth #5: Asbestos Needs to be Quickly Removed Upon Detection
If you discover asbestos in your home or work place, it’s critical that you do not try to remove it without professional assistance. The asbestos removal process is incredibly dangerous, and you could easily be exposed to carcinogenic fibers if you aren’t careful. Asbestos is only harmful when dust and fibers are released into the air. Asbestos-containing cabinets, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, etc. will not released fibers unless they are disturbed or damaged. If this occurs, you may want to vacate the premises until a professional can get to work.
Have You Been Exposed to Asbestos?
Contact the award-winning mesothelioma attorneys at Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. if you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos due to the negligence of another party. We can investigate your case, collect critical evidence, and develop a litigation strategy that holds the negligent parties accountable for their actions and your potential financial losses.
We serve clients nationwide. Contact Shrader & Associates, L.L.P. at (877) 958-7920 to explore your legal options with a renown legal team.