Wisconsin Mesothelioma Resources and Asbestos Information

Wisconsin is known for its natural beauty in the form of forests and majestic waterways. In terms of industry, it was a very successful state in the last century. Today, timber and concrete remain the two most vital industries vital to the economy. Unfortunately, many individuals who built Wisconsin into the reputable state it is in today fell victim to the hazards associated with asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma and asbestosis are two of the most common illnesses associated with inhalation of the carcinogen.

What made asbestos ideal for manufacturing is its ability to reflect intense heat and resist caustic chemicals. In fact, most of the protective gear worn in paper mills before the 1970s was made of the material. Ironically, employees were exchanging immediate danger for potential risks far down the road. Asbestos was also used in the drying felts used to leach the moisture out of newly-pressed paper.  These felts were often glued in place with asbestos cement.

In Wisconsin, there were plenty of other opportunities for citizens to be exposed as well. A large portion of both residential and commercial building had asbestos in them. Commonly used for ceilings, floors and wall material, adults and children alike were in constant contact with it. Many are still unaware that asbestos was all around them. Fortunately, prior exposure is not a guarantee a person will be afflicted by mesothelioma, though it is by far the largest risk factor for the disease.

With a population of 5.3 million, Wisconsin has had 725 asbestos fatalities between 1980 and 2000. For the last decade, researchers assume the number of deaths recorded will be proportionally larger. This is due not to the fact that more people are being exposed, but that the government now recognizes all asbestos related illnesses and records them.

Mesothelioma, like other asbestos related-illnesses, doesn’t usually present itself until decades after exposure. Long after asbestos fibers have accumulated within someone chest and abdomen, the symptoms begin to develop. Early treatment is essential for individuals that develop asbestos related diseases. Asbestosis and mesothelioma can be particularly hard to diagnose, with many people unlikely to link past exposure to asbestos with present symptoms.