A report from CNN shows that despite the ban on the use of asbestos in most manufacturing sectors, young people are still at risk of asbestos exposure and developing deadly asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.
The U.S. Centers for Diseases and Controls (CDC) reported that the number of malignant mesothelioma deaths rose from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015. Unsurprisingly, most of the deaths occurred in people over the age of 85, but what is surprising is that during the same time period, there were 682 cases of mesothelioma deaths in people between 25 and 44 years old.
What’s most concerning to the CDC is why this number is so high, particularly given that mesothelioma can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to manifest. For so many young people to be dying from mesothelioma must mean that they’ve had exposure to asbestos during their childhood or since the ban on the use of asbestos in the 1970s. Read more about this story here.
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