Did asbestos exposure in New York City schools lead to mesothelioma?

If asbestos exposure in New York City public schools was bad in 2003, how bad was it in 1963 or 1953? Graduates of the NYC school system may have cause to worry. The National Cancer Institute says there is no safe level of asbestos exposure, and asbestos has been found in older public schools throughout New York City. There was an asbestos scare in a Brooklyn high school as recently as 2009.

Though it is too late for officials to make the school and public environment safer for New Yorkers who grew up in the era of rampant asbestos usage, New York leaders and parents are trying to make sure that their children are exposed only to a safe amount of asbestos and chemicals—zero.

The New York Daily News reports that State Sen. Jeff Klein and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott launched an initiative on Monday July 18 to combat high asthma rates affecting students across the city, especially in the Bronx. “This affliction has not only taken our children’s health hostage, it is holding their education for ransom,” said Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).

Environmental pollutants can lead to asthma and other respiratory problems. Some pulmonary ailments that can result from asbestos exposure include asbestosis and mesothelioma, though asbestosis develops from regular, heavy asbestos exposure, and a person can develop mesothelioma from inhaling or ingesting a relatively little amount of the toxic mineral.

One nurse told the Daily News that her eleven year old son’s asthma is worsened by environmental pollution in their Bronx neighborhood: “Bronx children who suffer from asthma are in closed buildings, with roaches, asbestos, mice droppings.”

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