Is asbestos banned in the United States?

Mesothelioma is a serious complication of exposure to asbestos. Being exposed to asbestos doesn't automatically mean that you'll develop this disease, but it does make it more likely.

There are some ways to reduce your likelihood of developing mesothelioma, though. The primary way is by preventing exposure to asbestos. For example, if you are removing insulation from an older home, consider wearing a mask in case the insulation contains asbestos fibers. You can also have an expert come to the property to check for asbestos and to identify if there is a risk of exposure.

Some older school buildings and public facilities also have asbestos within the structures. As long as the buildings are intact, then there is little risk of exposure to asbestos. However, if there are damaged parts of the building, like a ceiling that is falling down, then there could be a risk of exposure. In those cases, maintenance or repairs may need to be performed, or someone may need to come to the facility to remove the materials containing asbestos.

Asbestos is not banned in the United States, but it is restricted. It is not used in new buildings. However, there is talk by the Environmental Protection Agency about approving some manufacturers to use asbestos in their products. Hopefully, those uses don't expose people to the well-known risks that occur when exposure to asbestos fibers takes place.

Asbestos is linked to an increased risk of cancer in the stomach, colorectal cancer, and cancer of the pharynx, to name a few possible illnesses. If you are exposed, make sure you seek out medical care immediately.

If you do come down with an asbestos-related condition, find out more about your possible right to compensation.

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