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[New Study] Asbestos Kills 12,000-15,000 Americans per Year

The Environmental Working Group Action Fund recently released their findings regarding the death toll due to asbestos exposure in the United States. Based on the review of federal records documenting deaths caused exclusively by asbestos from 1999 to 2013, as well as a calculation of the number of lung cancer deaths likely caused my asbestos exposure, it is estimated that 12,000 to 15,000 American individuals die from asbestos exposure each year.

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This estimate is conservative, considering asbestos-related deaths are not precisely recorded by public health authorities. The numbers are also thought to be higher due to the fact that asbestos-related conditions are often misdiagnosed as other respiratory ailments.

The asbestos-related diseases included in the study were mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. It did not include other cancers that are believed to be triggered by exposure to asbestos.

A lack of research on asbestos-related conditions in American citizens prevents us from finding out just how high the asbestos death toll is, but one thing is for sure: asbestos is not to be messed with. We believe the only way to eliminate these diseases and protect U.S. individuals is by banning asbestos use completely in our country.

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Source: Asbestos Nation

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