Mesothelioma risk not known to auto mechanics

Due to asbestos exposure, several thousands of auto mechanics might be at a risk of mesothelioma and they do not even know about it.

Asbestos has been used in car manufacturing for many car manufacturing needs asbestos and this is due to its high heat resistance and strength. Various engine parts, gaskets, underside of car hoods, apart from brake drums and clutches use asbestos.

Various health problems can take place due to inhalation of asbestos fibers like cancer being caused in the lining around lungs, pleural mesothelioma, cancer of the abdomen lining and peritoneal mesothelioma are some of the most serious illnesses caused by asbestos exposure.

To figure out how brake parts that contained asbestos were handled by workers, many reporters visited more than about 70 gas stations and shops that repair cars. This was done as part of a frequently-cited 4-month study.

It was disturbing to see that few or no precautions were taken by mechanics to protect themselves from risks despite government warnings about the health dangers of invisible asbestos fibers.

Standard treatment can not treat mesothelioma that can take from 20 to 50 years after asbestos exposure to develop and it spreads very quickly after developing.