Did you know that there is a link between all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use and deadly cancers? After seeing a high number of mesothelioma deaths in unusual areas of the country, researchers wanted to find out why. A recent study revealed scary findings.
Four-wheeling and off-roading kicks up a lot of dust. Unfortunately, dust created near naturally occurring asbestos deposits in the earth release deadly asbestos fibers into the air. Riders of all ages, especially children, are in great danger of inhaling the fibers and contracting lung cancers if they ride dirt bikes or ATVs near one of these mineral deposits.
The highest numbers of asbestos deposits are along western mountain ranges in California as well as some southwestern mountain ranges and the Appalachian Mountains in the east. While there are no naturally occurring deposits of asbestos in Ohio, there are still plenty of dangers for those who live there.
Asbestos dangers for Ohio residents
People who have lived or worked in Ohio for extended periods of time have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos was widely used in steel mills, oil refineries and power plants throughout the state for many years. Workers inhaled the fibers and carried them home on their clothes to their families, exposing them as well.
Since asbestos was used extensively as a fire-resistant insulation, numerous older buildings — such as schools — still contain the deadly fibers.
If you are concerned about your own exposure, mesothelioma.com provides a list of towns and cities throughout the state where asbestos has been found. The website even lists which companies and job sites are known to contain asbestos.
Symptoms of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers often do not appear for many years — even decades after exposure. This is why many people do not make the connection between their work (or play) and their deadly illnesses.