Lung cancer causes one-third of the cancer deaths in Louisiana. The state's mortality and incidence rates of the disease are much higher than rates throughout the rest of the country. From 2009 to 2013, the national average of lung cancer was 57.3 per 100,000 people. In Louisiana, that jumped to 71.3 per 100,000 people.
If you worked for years in the Louisiana shipyards, the fear of a mesothelioma diagnosis may have haunted you. Perhaps you watched some of your former coworkers fall ill and succumb to lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis or another disease related to asbestos exposure, but you held out hope that you had escaped that dreadful fate.
Lung cancer is a career hazard for some industries. Ship builders and people who work on ship maintenance are example of workers who might be more prone to this type of cancer simply because of their work conditions. We realize that nobody should face the prospect of a lifelong disease because of the conditions that they are forced to work in just to earn a living for themselves and their dependents.
Many recent news stories have been been circulating about the potential correlation between the use of talcum powder and an increased cancer risk. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has even issued a statement warning those concerned about potential risks to discontinue using the product until further research is conducted.
Asbestos exposure is not a thing of the past. The use of asbestos in construction is a thing of the past though. Asbestos is still around, especially in old commercial buildings and old homes. If you live or work in a structure that has asbestos present you will likely want to know how to avoid exposure to this harmful product that causes mesothelioma and lung cancer.