Data shows an increase in asbestos-related deaths

In certain industries, Missouri workers may still be at risk for asbestos exposure. The U.S. has no general ban on asbestos, and more than 100 countries continue to use this toxic mineral. Previous estimates have placed the annual number of asbestos-related deaths throughout the world to between 105,000 and 110,000. However, a study from the International Commission of Occupational Health shows that the real number is much higher.

Researchers discovered that in 2016, 222,321 people died from occupational asbestos-related diseases, including 39,275 in the U.S. The study also pointed out that while mesothelioma is the disease most commonly associated with asbestos, it is far from the only concern. In fact, asbestos exposure was found to cause six times more cases of lung cancer than mesothelioma.

Medical professionals are better able to identify lung cancers caused by asbestos, which explains the disparity between estimates. In the past, oncologists often misdiagnosed these lung cancers as being caused by smoking. It is nevertheless true that smokers exposed to asbestos are more likely to develop lung cancer. Exposure can also result in ovarian cancer, larynx cancer and asbestosis.

Researchers believe that response to the asbestos crisis has been inadequate. The U.S. and Europe especially are being called to do more about the asbestos in place in many older structures.

Those who develop an occupational disease, such as through exposure to toxins in the workplace, may be able to file for workers' compensation and be covered for short- and long-term medical care. Before filing, it might be a good idea to retain legal counsel. A lawyer could have a third party determine the victim's level of disability (whether it's total or partial, temporary or permanent) and assist with an appeal if the claim is denied.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

We would love to hear from you and explain how Joe’s experience can benefit your case.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
  • badge-MATA-Helping-To-Balance-The-Scales-Of-Justice
  • badge-LEX-The-Missouri-Bar
  • badge-Super-Lawyers
  • badge-National-Association-Of-Distinguished-Counsel-Nation-Top-One-Percent
  • badge-Top-100-Trial-Lawyers-The-National-Trial-Lawyers

422 N 7th St.
Saint Joseph, MO 64501

Phone: 816-364-1506
Fax: 816-364-1560
Map & Directions