According to the Environmental Working Group, asbestos kills at least 12,000 to 15,000 Americans a year. From 1999 to 2013, an estimated 189,000 to 221,000 people died from asbestos exposure. This is 12,000 to 15,000 deaths a year. Those figures are based on a EWG analysis. Their graph is below:
According to the EWG:
“Asbestos exposure is not usually listed as a cause of death for lung cancer victims, even though researchers believe that many more people die of lung cancer triggered by asbestos than of other diseases exclusively associated with asbestos.”
This makes lung cancer the biggest cause of death from asbestos exposure. And remember asbestos was used in many commercial, industrial, and residential products. If you were diagnosed with lung cancer and worked in any of the following industries in the 1970’s or before, call 1-888-268-0312 now.
- Chemical plants
- Paper mills
- Steel mills