Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) January 3, 2008
Recent tests by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization have confirmed the presence of harmful levels of asbestos in many everyday products, including toys. The results have been surprising thus far, particularly because of the emergence of asbestos, which was banned by federal law nearly a quarter-century ago, within children's products. Some of the ADAO's findings have resulted in the removal of these products from store shelves, indicating an acknowledgment of the gravity of these product's health consequences.
Asbestos, when inhaled is extremely difficult for the body to break down, resulting in a sustained irritation within the body's internal structures. Children in particular, are at a specific risk because they are often less discriminatory about what products they may ingest or inhale. Once within a child's body, the asbestos inflammation may cause a harmful scar tissue over several years, ultimately leading to a terminal cancer, called mesothelioma.
Because the health complications that result from asbestos exposures take many years to manifest, a childhood exposure could potentially see a person develop mesothelioma in their twenties or thirties. Typically prognoses for mesothelioma are between 12 and 18 months, as the cancer slowly collapses the lungs and suffocates the patient. This and other health complications are the devastating consequences of an innocent childhood exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos exposures are not uncommon in occupational settings but the potential emergence of exposures in the household, and particularly among children are disturbing. Anything that contains at least one-percent asbestos is considered an asbestos-containing material and should be avoided
The Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center at has long been recognized as the web's leading resource for accurate and up to date information concerning mesothelioma, asbestos, and their health implications. In addition the MAAC is recognized as the leading source of information about mesothelioma treatment and features a live clinical trials database.
For further information please contact the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center.