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Asbestos Exposure Among Plumbers

Before the use of asbestos became regulated by the EPA in the United States, many occupations had daily contact with the toxic substance. One of these occupations was plumbers. Professional plumbers are employed at various job settings such as commercial buildings, factories, shipyards and more.

Plumbers are responsible for working with pipe systems in these types of job settings by installing, fixing or designing parts of the plumbing systems. Because of the invasiveness of their job duties, plumbers in 1980 or earlier frequently came into contact with asbestos performing activities that released harmful particles into the air.

In the past, common household objects and other materials containing asbestos were used by plumbers, including insulation, cement, welding rods, valves, and gaskets.

Causes of Mesothelioma Among Plumbers

Due to this exposure to asbestos among plumbers more than 30 years ago, many of these individuals are finding themselves faced with mesothelioma symptoms. Also, current plumbers working in older buildings need to be mindful that they may come into contact with asbestos products.

Common mesothelioma symptoms include:

• Chronic coughing
• Difficulty swallowing
• Fluid in the lungs
• Shortness of breath
• Chest pain
• Severe fatigue
• Fever
• And more

If you are a former or current plumber who was exposed to asbestos, your risk of mesothelioma is increased. Because of the long latency period associated with the disease, symptoms typically don’t show up until years after initial exposure to asbestos. Those who were exposed to asbestos as long as 50 years ago are currently being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

The growing amount of mesothelioma research and resources provide hope for those with symptoms. Explore more information on mesothelioma treatment options and other mesothelioma information today.