This time of year, known by high schoolers across Kentucky as prom and graduation season, causes even more worry than usual for parents of teens. Both of these events are accompanied by all-night parties where alcohol is often supplied by other teens, older siblings or even adults.
Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of organs. Where and when did exposure occur? These are important questions that are often difficult to answer. It could have been occupational (in construction trades, manufacturing or power plants), secondary (laundering clothing covered in asbestos dust) or household (daily baby powder use) exposure.
Whether you are a runner or a walker, as a pedestrian you are one of the most vulnerable individuals on Kentucky roads. Devoid of the protection a metal car or even a bike helmet, pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries and even death.
Asbestos, which has been linked to conditions like mesothelioma and other forms of cancer, isn't nearly as prevalent in our lives as it was during much of the last century. However, it was once present in homes, schools, office buildings and myriad other structures. It was used in floor and ceiling tiles, roofing materials, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, insulation and construction materials. It was valued for its strength and fire-resistant qualities.