Monthly Archives: December 2010
I am excited that my blog has been updated and refreshed. Many believe that asbestos exposure and the diseases it causes are a thing of the past. While it is true that laws and regulations enacted in the early 1970s have prevented exposure to asbestos for the most part, what we are seeing is a greater number of those developing the most serious diseases. These diseases include mesothelioma and lung cancer. There are also other forms of cancer that are caused by asbestos. The reason that we are seeing these diseases so long after the exposure is that there is a very long latency period between exposure and disease development.
What we are seeing is that workers who were exposed in shipyards, in factories, at construction sites, in the automobile industry and in other environments in the 1940s,1950s, 1960s and 1970s are coming down with the worst diseases caused by asbestos.
Given the lengthen of time that the medical communities across the country have been dealing with asbestos disease, treatments have improved. Now, at this time there is no known cure for mesothelioma, but, various treatment issues have improved the longevity in which those with mesothelioma are able to live. Treatments have also improved the quality of life for those with asbestos caused cancers.