As a carcinogenic agent, asbestos is strictly regulated by federal agencies at the moment. Nevertheless, this toxic mineral was widely present in numerous occupational settings, as well as in approximately 5,000 consumer products, before the 1980s. Exposure to airborne asbestos can cause life-threatening diseases. People with a history of occupational asbestos exposure face a high risk of developing mesothelioma, a very aggressive form of cancer which occurs on the outer lining of the lungs. It is estimated that mesothelioma will affect between 2 and 10 percent of individuals who were exposed to asbestos on the job.
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