Mesothelioma Victims Center Warns That The Potential For Exposure To Asbestos Is Still A Problem In The US And Calls For Increased Awareness Of Asbestos And Mesothelioma

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The Mesothelioma Victims Center fears that the vast majority of US citizens are not very knowledgeable about asbestos exposure and/or mesothelioma, which is why the group is now calling for increased national awareness on the dangers related to asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. The Center says, "Asbestos exposure is still a problem in the US and we are doing everything possible to get the word out about avoiding contact with asbestos, as well as illuminating why annual medical checkups for individuals exposed to asbestos decades ago at a workplace is a good idea." http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

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For these reasons, we are calling upon the NIH, the CDC, and renowned groups like the American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association to get the word out about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “In October of 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $137,000 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited."

“After reading this news, we wonder how long it will take for more states to follow suit. We are convinced most US citizens do not understand the relationship between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Based on the calls we receive, we know that most people underestimate how dangerous asbestos exposure can actually be. It's not entirely their fault though, as little was done to educate people on the hazards of asbestos when it was commonly used in a wide range of industries. For these reasons, we are calling upon the NIH, the CDC, and renowned groups like the American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association to get the word out about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. At least the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is doing something.”

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, "We are convinced over one thousand US citizens die each year from mesothelioma. Because these individuals die without a proper diagnosis, they are not counted in the government databases. If the true number of diagnosed victims of mesothelioma were known in the US, perhaps the government would allocate more money for mesothelioma research.”

For attribution, please refer to the EPA's October 2014 press release on this matter. http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/55AD2C8BB7C68F6185257D7400524AD2.

Information About Mesothelioma For Diagnosed Victims And Their Families From The Mesothelioma Victims Center:

High risk work groups for exposure to asbestos include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, shipyard workers, oil refinery workers, manufacturing workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, or 1980s. http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. Frequently, victims of mesothelioma are initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia. This year, between 2,500 and 3,000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

According to the CDC, the states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. However, based on the calls the Mesothelioma Victims Center receives, a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma could live in any state including New York, Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, or Alaska.

For an up-to-date map from the CDC showing the states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma, please refer to their web site on this topic. http://www2.cdc.gov/drds/worldreportdata/figuretabledetailsarchive.asp?FigureTableID=139&GroupRefNumber=F07-02

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Before you hire a mesothelioma attorney, please call us at 866-714-6466, and compare the qualifications of who we consider to be the nation's most skilled mesothelioma attorneys to any other lawyer, or law firm. When it comes to obtaining the best mesothelioma compensation settlement, the quality of the attorney matters, as we would like to explain anytime." http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma, please refer to the National Institutes of Health's website related to this rare form of cancer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html

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