Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure in Nevada
Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to serious health problems including pleural mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer. If you have lived and worked in Nevada for significant amount of time, there is a chance that you were exposed to asbestos at home or in the workplace.
For your convenience, we have compiled information about asbestos and mesothelioma in the state of Nevada. Below you will find recent local statistics about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. We have also included descriptions of industries and lists of cities, towns and specific job sites in Nevada where asbestos exposure has occurred. Local Nevada mesothelioma doctors and treatment centers are also listed. Finally, we include recent news articles about asbestos and mesothelioma in Nevada.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma Statistics in Nevada
Most people in Nevada live in and around Las Vegas, though there are are several smaller cities, including Reno and the Carson City, the state capital.
From 1999-2015, approximately 280 Nevada residents died from mesothelioma
- Nevada has a below-average mesothelioma death rate of 11.6 people per million each year (Source: CDC)
- Nevada has 6 known natural asbestos deposits in the central and northern parts of the state, away from population centers (Source: USGS)
- Clark County has the highest number of mesothelioma cases in Nevada, mostly due to the high population in and around Las Vegas (Source: Journal of the American Medical Association)
Asbestos Use Across Nevada Industries
Nevada is mostly known for the casinos and entertainments found in Las Vegas and Reno; however, a number of other industries in the state are responsible for exposing workers, residents, and visitors to the danger of asbestos.
Las Vegas has been built and rebuilt time again, and the churning nature of the city has exposed many people to the dangers of asbestos over the decades as buildings have been erected, renovated, and demolished. The city’s extensive history of construction and redevelopment make asbestos exposure an ongoing concern for construction workers and their loved ones, as well as the city’s millions of tourists who visit annually. Some of the Las Vegas attractions and resorts that have been known to contain asbestos include the Hilton Hotel, the MGM Grand Hotel, the Stardust Hotel Casino, and Caesars Palace.
With so many visitors to the state each year, transportation has always been a major concern for Nevada. As a vacation destination, Las Vegas also became a sort of transportation hub, with railroads like the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad Company and the Union Pacific Railroad Company providing transport services to the city. Asbestos was used in a number of applications, such as brakes, gaskets, and insulation around the engines.
Large power supplies are needed for Las Vegas itself, with other Nevada cities having their own power requirements as well. Given the use of asbestos in many power plants to prevent fires and insulate electrical wires and conduits, many people who worked at the power-generating facilities were exposed to the deadly material. Some of the locations known to have exposures include Desert Peak Power Plant, Empire Farms Power Plant, the Nevada Power Company, and Harry Allen Power Station.
After Las Vegas entertainment, Nevada is perhaps most well known as the home state of Area 51, a super-secret military installation located on part of the Nevada Test and Training Range. While Area 51 might not contain any alien aircraft, it almost certainly has seen its fair share of asbestos over the years, as have other military bases located in Nevada, including Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas, Stead Air Force Base near Reno, and Laughlin Air Force Base. Veterans who formerly served at these or other military installations in Nevada may have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma than the average person.
Nevada Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred
Asbestos exposure on the job is known to have occurred in the following Nevada cities. Prolonged asbestos exposure can cause the terminal cancer mesothelioma as well as other asbestos-related diseases. Click on any city below to view a complete list of commercial, military and residential job sites where asbestos exposure occurred in that city.
Asbestos Risks at Smaller Nevada Job Sites
Workplace asbestos exposure is also a concern if one looks beyond the major cities and towns in Nevada. Select a town below to see the list of its job sites known to have exposed workers to asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of the job sites revealed could have placed a worker at risk to develop mesothelioma cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
Asbestos-Related News in Nevada
A new study shows that even low doses of asbestos fibers found around the Lake Mead area make mice sick. The study was conducted to understand whether rocks in Boulder City are toxic and cause negative health effects.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
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Cabrera-Santiago, Manuel et al. “Prevalence of Asbestos-Related Disease Among Electrical Power Generation Workers in Puerto Rico.” Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, 2007.
Evans, David and Greg Johnstone. “Asbestos Use Companies and Locations in Nevada.” All About Malignant Mesothelioma (September 2005.)
Geological Research, Analyses and Services Programs. “Naturally Occurring Asbestos Locations in the Contiguous U.S. and Alaska.” Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, 25 May 2007.
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/noa/usamap.pdf (accessed 23 August 2010).