Asbestos and Mesothelioma

by Sadia Eija on December 16, 2013

asbestosSome things may affect our body and we may not even have knowledge of it. It is important to know the risks of everything we come in contact with, but no one has the kind of time to research that often. However, if you are someone who works with chemicals or factories of any kind, then you should be concerned about how you can protect yourself. The risks, however, are not just work related. One should be concerned any time they come across a foreign substance or just something they aren’t sure about.

A mineral that is of great concern is asbestos. In the dictionary, asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings. The exposure to it usually occurs at major construction job sites, shipyards, onboard navy vessels and during the construction of buildings. Second-hand asbestos can occur as well. People with jobs that had exposure to asbestos can bring it home in their hair, clothing or shoes they wore. It is also used in the brakes and clutches of automobiles, joint compounds, cements, roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, and much more. (

Asbestos causes Mesothelioma, and aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen. Asbestos is the number one cause of occupational cancer in the US. There is no cure known for it but chemotherapy and treatments such as surgery have helped it improve. Mesothelioma cancer was found to be more common in men over the age of 60; but as mentioned before, children and women were found diagnosed with it through secondary exposure. Sadly, even with the known studies about asbestos and what a danger it is to humans, it is still not banned in the US and roughly 30 million pounds are still used each year.

It is shocking to me that there hasn’t been any extra precaution for the people who work at places where it may be exposed. Banning it will bring us one step closer to protecting our families. Mesothelioma cancer is something that has no cure so there should be a lot of care put into something that causes it. For now, being aware of the harmful effects is the approach we should all take.



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Sadia Eijaz

Sadia Eijaz lives in Edmonds, WA. She attends Edmonds Woodway High school, is in a band and taking all honor classes. Originally a Pakistani citizen, and observing Islam as a religion, Sadia loves to help people and help her community. She enjoys reading, writing, and drawing. She really wants to make a difference, whether it is big or small. In her spare time she reads, makes friendship bracelets, plays the piano, makes videos for fun, spend time with family, and sings.


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