Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The symptoms of mesothelioma may take years to appear. Some common symptoms of mesothelioma to look out for are: excessive fatigue, acute pain in the abdominal region and chest area and shortness of breath. If you have any of these symptoms and have been exposed to asbestos, please seek immediate diagnosis and treatment.
According to the government estimate, more than 273 people have died in the state of Arkansas between 1979 and 2001. This figure has risen due to the fact that more than 64,000 tons of Libby ore was stored in North Little Rock, Arkansas during 1948 and 1993 along with the Grace Vermiculite mine which lead to Mesothelioma in hundreds of people. To produce vermiculite attic insulation, vermiculite was exfoliated which lead to release of massive amounts of asbestos particles leading to asbestos exposure.
Listed below are a few names of companies located in Arkansas which used asbestos or are still using the material. If you or your loved one has ever worked for any of these companies, you might have been exposed to asbestos and might be at risk for Mesothelioma. Please seek immediate diagnosis so that you can begin to receive proper care and treatment.
Studies have shown that even though a larger percent of asbestos-related cases are due to exposure at the workplace, family members of asbestos workers are also at risk of asbestos exposure. Family members can be at risk due to fibers brought home on the clothing of an asbestos worker. Some of the other fields which still use asbestos and run a high risk of asbestos exposure include shipbuilding industry, foundries, dockyards, brake shops, power plants, factories and asbestos mining companies.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATDSR) recommends the following steps to help reduce the risk of asbestos exposure symptoms at home: