May 29th, 2014|
A study recently published in the Medical Journal of Australia says that the increase in the number of mesothelioma cases diagnosed over the last 10 years is directly related to do-it-yourself (DIY) and home renovation projects that have involved the installation, removal, rip-out, and cleaning of products containing asbestos. The West Australian Mesothelioma Registry began recording every case of mesothelioma in the early 1960s. Since then, researchers have noticed three distinct “waves” of exposures related to the diagnosis of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases such as lung cancer and asbestosis.
The “First Wave” of people being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases were those that worked in the asbestos mining industry. Then a second group of workers began to show a significant increase in diagnosis of mesothelioma. This “second wave” of workers includes those that worked with asbestos as carpenters and mechanics.
Now, however, it is safe to say that a “third wave” of exposures has emerged. People who have been exposed to asbestos by doing their own home renovation and remodeling projects or do-it-yourself (DIY) jobs are showing an increase in diagnosis of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other asbestos related diseases.
Many people do not know asbestos when they see it and certainly do not know that the tile, insulation, panels, shingles, carpet adhesive, etc. to just name a few have asbestos in them. If you think that asbestos could be in your house or in any parts of the products you are removing, you should not touch it. Avoiding exposure to asbestos is the only way to prevent getting mesothelioma.