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Asbestos Exposure Among Miners

Before the dangers of asbestos were fully understood, one of the occupations frequently subjected to large amounts of asbestos exposure was miners. On a daily basis, miners who worked in asbestos mines or mines within close proximity to asbestos deposits inhaled asbestos fibers that were released into the air from mining activities.

One of the major mines that caused workers to be exposed to asbestos was the vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana. Hundreds of miners inhaled asbestos fibers as they worked and are now facing serious health complications relating to the exposure.

Other locations of asbestos mines or mines in close proximity to asbestos include:

• Quebec, Canada
• Sall Mountain area, Georgia
• California
• Oregon
• Washington
• Minnesota
• And more

Causes of Mesothelioma Among Miners

Past exposure to asbestos particles has led many former miners to begin experiencing mesothelioma symptoms. Due to the long latency period associated with mesothelioma, symptoms usually don’t show up for years after initial exposure to asbestos. Miners exposed to asbestos as far back as 50 years ago are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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 miner who was exposed to asbestos, your risk of mesothelioma is increased. Learn more about mesothelioma and treatment options today.