According to a recent report in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, there may be a link between regular use of hairdryers and risk for mesothelioma.
Hairdressers have not been usually counted in the past as people who may be at higher risk for mesothelioma. Usually, railroad workers, construction workers, electricians and plumbers have had the most exposure to insulation that contains asbestos, which causes a terrible, incurable form of cancer that can take decades to form.
Still, the very same qualities that made asbestos a good insulator in railroad and construction products also make it perfect for insulating a hairdryer.
Most hair dryers in the 60s and 70s contained asbestos, which was not an issue when the items were new. But asbestos breaks down as it ages and it is possible the deadly fibers could be blown out of the hairdryers and into the lungs of anyone nearby.
Fortunately, asbestos has been banned in hairdryers since 1979. However, mesothelioma has a very long latency period, and it is possible that hairdressers could later come down with the cancer.
Anyone who regularly works and has worked around hair dryers for years should be aware of the symptoms of mesothelioma – bad cough, fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain.
Anyone who was exposed to asbestos for years in a rail yard, train, construction site or even hair dryers is at risk for mesothelioma. Our personal injury law firm has handled dozens of mesolthelioma cases over the years. That is why we have put together a helpful guide for people who have been exposed to asbestos in their work. It provides you with an important informational resource about the disease and legal options for you and your family. You can get your PDF copy of the mesothelimoma guide here.