Asbestos-related diseases are common in the United States and a number of other countries, and this is because asbestos workers have been exposed to this mineral, which is the main risk factor for developing the disease. The Council for Safety and Insurance at the Workplace (WSIB) will help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation if you have worked and have been exposed to asbestos.
Most workers exposed to the risk of an asbestos-related disease are power plant workers, shipyard workers, demolition workers, insulation workers, asbestos and talc miners, car wreckers, pipe fitters, boilermakers, and workers who make products containing Asbestos, such as fire retardant paints, firebricks and asbestos cement.
Asbestos-related illnesses generally affect individuals who, in addition to their families, have worked for a long time in occupations where asbestos has been used, due to secondary exposure to asbestos. The proclamation pushed for public awareness regarding the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure.
These diseases kill thousands more people than other cancers that receive much more attention from the government and pharmaceutical companies. The combination of exposure to asbestos and smoking cigarettes is especially deadly. The Surgeon General points out that people who smoke and have been exposed to asbestos on the job are 90 times more likely to develop lung cancer than people who smoke but have never ever been exposed to asbestos.
The treatment of asbestos-related diseases also includes infection treatment, vaccination and standard cancer treatments. Oxygen can be inflated in the lungs so that the fibers end their destructive activity. People prone to the disease should stop smoking, if they are smokers. This could prevent the disease from showing up.
Control programs are very important to be carried out in workplaces where dangerous minerals such as asbestos are present that can affect workers with serious pathologies such as malignant mesothelioma cancer, malignant lung cancer or asbestos-related diseases.
Through such a medical surveillance program, it is likely to help you detect an asbestos-related disease or other related conditions early, end it in time and not worsen it.