Respiratory Health Hazards On the Job
"World Lung Cancer Day is August 1st, and is a time to recognize the importance of lung health. As the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, early detection and prevention around lung related diseases can be beneficial for timely treatment and support. Of the 200,000+ new lung cancer cases each year, as much as 15% are caused by occupational exposures to carcinogens, including asbestos.
Asbestos is a hazard that is still pertinent in several industries today because of its use in a variety of materials and products for decades during the 20th century. In the US alone asbestos related diseases kill 12,000-15,000 annually. This number is suspected to be higher because diseases caused by asbestos are not usually reported or tracked. For people who work in industries with a high risk of exposure, being aware of the dangers of asbestos can help mitigate serious health conditions later in life..."
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