In the past, asbestos was used in insulating many homes and buildings. When it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibers could cause long-term damage and illness in the lungs, asbestos was removed as an insulation in modern construction projects. While buildings are no longer built with the material, it is still included in many products in some way and some individuals do still work with asbestos.
One of the illnesses caused by asbestos is mesothelioma, which is a rare and serious form of lung cancer. According to reports, around 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. By the time a diagnosis occurs, most people are already in an advanced and untreated stage of the disease.