Common Misconceptions about Asbestos
In the past 20 years, there has been a growing concern about asbestos and whether it leads to cancer. As a result, many misconceptions have developed about asbestos production, its use in product manufacturing, and whether asbestos production leads to cancer.
Has asbestos been banned in the United States?
There has not been an outright ban on asbestos production or its use in products. However, asbestos production in the United States no longer exists, and its use in products has dwindled in the past 30 years.
Up until 2002, asbestos was mined in the United States. Mining ceased in 2002 because of a decrease in asbestos reserves, stricter regulations surrounding U.S. asbestos mining, and increased competition from foreign asbestos producers. Today asbestos is imported from many nations around the world, with the majority of asbestos imports coming from Canada.
Asbestos use in the manufacturing of products has also decreased in the past few decades. The decrease is largely related to stricter asbestos regulations and an increase in lawsuit filings related to the harm caused by asbestos exposure.
Does Asbestos Exposure Always Lead to Cancer?
Asbestos exposure leads to cancer only in some cases. Studies have linked asbestos exposure to certain types of cancer like mesothelioma. However, some people who are exposed to asbestos in work or at home never develop cancers related to asbestos. Many studies suggest that relatively high asbestos exposure increases a person’s chances of contracting cancer.
Many misconceptions surround asbestos and its relation to cancer. If you have a question regarding this matter, fill out the asbestos question form on the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Help Center web site.