4 Things You Didn’t Know About Asbestos and Mesothelioma

May 2, 2014

Mesothelioma is a rare, but deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. That’s common knowledge. But did you know that the U.S. still allows certain uses of asbestos today? Or that more people are predicted to have this terrible disease by 2030? Here are four things you probably didn’t know about asbestos and mesothelioma.

1. The dangers of asbestos began to be federally recognized in the 1970s.

Late in that decade, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of asbestos in gas fireplaces and wallboard patching compounds. In 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned all new uses of asbestos, although the ban was later overturned.

2. Huge public concern about the health hazards of asbestos and risk of mesothelioma have led to a decline in the U.S. use of asbestos in all industries, but it is still not banned.

In the 22 years between 1973 and 2005, it dropped from about 803,000 metric tons used to 2,400 metric tons used annually across the U.S.

3. Mesothelioma has a long latency period.

Meaning there are often decades between a person’s exposure to asbestos and his or her development of asbestos cancer. That’s why experts are predicting an estimated 300,000 cases in the U.S. before the year 2030!

4. There is no federal legislation in place in the U.S. that compensates victims of asbestos-related cancer.

That’s why attorneys like those at Baron and Budd have worked for more than 35 years fighting for justice for those affected by mesothelioma.

If you have a diagnosis of mesothelioma, or if you have lost someone to this cancer, you have come to the right place. Contact us at (866) 538-0485 or email us today for a complimentary consultation from one of our experienced mesothelioma attorneys.