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Are there health dangers present in your children's schools?

As a parent, you do everything possible to provide your children with a safe environment in which they will learn, develop and thrive. And when you send them to school, you trust all will be well. However, if your children attend classes in an older building, they could be around materials which contain asbestos.

Over time, exposure to asbestos could cause your children to develop mesothelioma. Though, it is often difficult to determine precisely how much asbestos may be lurking in the construction materials used to build your children’s schools.

Asbestos exposure could occur when prepping a garden for winter

As you work on completing fall chores, it is a good idea to exercise caution. Some tasks, like prepping your garden for winter, may lead to you inadvertently becoming exposed to asbestos. People commonly consider gardening to be a healthy hobby that people of all ages can enjoy. However, even an activity that is generally healthy can have hidden risks.

Asbestos is a group of minerals known for their durability. Exposure to these minerals, which often occurs when someone inhales asbestos particles, can lead to aggressive health problems, such as mesothelioma.

Women and mesothelioma

The good news is that Americans have become more and more aware of the dangers of asbestos. This may be part of the reason that we’ve seen the rate of mesothelioma diagnoses trend downward since the early 1990s. The bad news—for women—is that that downward trend owes entirely to the lower rate of male diagnoses.

While we see mesothelioma affecting a smaller and smaller portion of the male population, the rate of women affected remains pretty much the same as it has since the late 1980s. As a result, women now account for roughly one-quarter of all new mesothelioma cases.

Who is at risk for mesothelioma?

When your shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain could be signs of a life-threatening disease, you want to act. You want to find someone who can help diagnose your problem correctly and start you with the best available treatment. This is particularly true if doctors often misdiagnose your disease because its symptoms resemble too many other, more common ailments.

Every year, roughly 3,200 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. Most of them are diagnosed too late to receive the most aggressive forms of treatment. This is because there's currently no direct test for the disease and its symptoms are the symptoms of other diseases as well. But there is one thing that separates mesothelioma from the other diseases with similar symptoms, and that is a history of asbestos exposure.

What is the financial cost of mesothelioma?

When you receive a diagnosis for a serious health condition, such as mesothelioma, many concerns may come to mind. You might worry about whether treatments will be effective. And you could fear for the worst.

However, in addition to feeling scared about needing to fight for your life, at some point, you will likely face financial concerns as well. Researchers do not currently have exhaustive financial reports about mesothelioma treatment. However, in addition to the emotional drain of a cancer diagnosis, the economic cost of treatment may surprise you.

Demolition health risks could be far-reaching

Most construction workers understand there are risks associated with their jobs. Falling, getting crushed by equipment or burned in an explosion may be common concerns.

However, it is possible that when you work on a demolition project, you do not suspect it will increase your risk of developing cancer. Though, considering the amount of asbestos formerly used to manufacture construction materials, demolition could turn fatal. In some cases, this could harm those who are uninvolved.

Some wood-burning stoves can allow asbestos to become airborne

There is nothing quite like sitting in front of a warm fireplace on a chilly day. A wood-burning stove can help you heat your home and can be a place for your family to gather during cold months.

Although wood-burning stoves are enjoyable to use, you may need to take appropriate care before using one. You may find several products containing asbestos in and around the fireplace in your home.

Nutritional awareness for caregivers

It can be devastating to learn that your husband received a mesothelioma diagnosis. In addition to fearing the worst, you might not know what to say or how to help. And as you do your best to care for him, you will likely notice various changes in him as he undergoes treatment.

Your husband may not want to eat when he does not feel well, although nutrition is vital to helping his body retain strength and fight disease.

Can you do your own asbestos removal?

Older homes share many common concerns. One is that they tend to break down and need maintenance. Another is that they often hold materials made with asbestos. Together, these issues can mean serious trouble for the nation’s homeowners.

The U.S. government knew for decades that asbestos exposure could lead to serious health problems, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that it began to regulate the material’s use. In 1989, the government passed a partial ban on asbestos use. This blocked manufacturers from using a range of materials made with asbestos, such as the flooring felt and various papers commonly used in construction. But what about the houses made before the ban?

Johnson & Johnson may face criminal charges for hiding asbestos

In recent years, Johnson & Johnson has faced thousands of lawsuits from people claiming that its baby powder gave them cancer. Their suits claim the baby powder held traces of carcinogenic asbestos, and jurors have already found the company responsible for more than $5 billion in damages. But the picture for J&J may soon get even worse.

As Bloomberg reports, the company may soon face criminal charges. The U.S. Justice Department is looking at whether J&J lied to the public about the safety of its talc powder. Its findings could lead to potential charges for defrauding regulators and investors.

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