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Old 03-20-2013, 07:16 AM   #1
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How bad is asbestos

I am only writing of my personal experience to maybe give some people a bit of confidence. I believe the chances of catching Mesothelioma is a bit of a lottery. Over here in West Australia we had an Asbestos mining town called Wittenoom George and there have been many deaths, probably thousands from Mesothelioma. My best mate worked there as a drillers offsider (Assistant). His son who was 2 years old at the time died of Messothelioma at age 30. His wife died of mesothelioma a year after his son and she never left their house. Butch himself is still alive today bucking 80 years. During my late 20s and early 30s I was in the building industry installing asbestos roofs and fences. On many occasions I would arrive home covered in asbestos dust looking like a ghost. I am still chugging along nicely at 73, so you can see where the lottery part comes from. The town of Whittenoom has long been closed down, and is now history. The sad part about this whole thing is, asbestos causing mesothelioma was documented in London newspapers during the 1930s, and the mining companies claimed they had no knowledge. Big business wins again.

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:26 AM   #2
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Well of course it's a bit of a lottery. Most people who get lung cancer were smokers, however, most smokers will never develop lung cancer. Everybody has staph bacteria on their skin and in their throats, but will never go on to have any kind of staph disease. West Nile Virus is deadly to the very young and the very old, yet most will be infected and have no symptoms. It's the same with mesothelioma. Almost everyone who has it was exposed to asbestos at work. However, exposure by itself is not certainty of getting a disease.

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