Advocates raise asbestos awareness

From the Oakland Press:

Each year, 10,000 Americans die — often quite painfully — due to asbestos-related illnesses. Because it takes between 10 and 50 years for symptoms to emerge, these numbers are expected to climb through 2018.

Macomb County is at increased risk because of the number of residents who work or worked in the building trades, said Michael Harbut, M.D., co-director of the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos-Related Cancers, at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.

“People think asbestos is a thing of the past,” said Harbut, adding that inhaling or swallowing asbestos fibers permanently penetrates the lungs and other tissue, causing cancer and other respiratory diseases. “I wish it were.” Read the complete story here.

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