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Asbestos Use in Binghamton, NY

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Asbestos Exposure in Binghamton, New York

The City of Binghamton is the county seat for Broome County New York.  Binghamton is located in a bowl shaped valley on the south central border of New  York State at the confluence of the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers. The city  has a population of close to 50,000. Binghamton is part of the Triple Cities  area made up of Binghamton, Johnson City, and Endicott. During the cold war,  Binghamton industries flourished with the expansion of local defense industrial  companies.

In the nineteenth century, Binghamton became a transportation and  manufacturing center as a result of the massive expansion of the rail system in  the eastern United States. Manufacturing industries brought economic prosperity  to the city well into the mid-twentieth century.

With the railroad established in the eastern United States beginning in the  mid-nineteenth century, Binghamton became a transportation and manufacturing  center in south central New York.  Furniture and wagon businesses opened  up. The area quickly became second only to New York City in the manufacture of  cigars.  During the late 1890′s, nearly 50 cigar-making factories were in  operation in Binghamton.

The Endicott-Johnson Shoe Corporation became a huge employer in Binghamton in  the 1940′s with the production of over 52 million pairs of shoes each  year.  In the ’20′s, Thomas Watson, Sr. opened what is now IBM, in the  nearby town of Endicott.  IBM’s main facilities were in the Binghamton area  for decades and employed thousands of people.

AUSCO Film and many aviation and defense companies were based in Binghamton,  including Singer Link Flight Simulation.  Today, Binghamton is home to  first-class university SUNY-Binghamton which started years ago as Harpur  College.

In the Binghamton area, workers who worked in the area’s factories were  likely exposed to asbestos-containing products for many years. Construction  workers and contractors who built the buildings and university campus were also  exposed to asbestos building products.

The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

New York is among the states with the highest number of deaths from  mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. In the state of New York,  nearly 4,000 deaths caused by asbestos exposure have occurred since 1979.

Companies that supplied asbestos products did not provide adequate safety  warnings to warn the workers of the health risks associated with asbestos  exposure. As a result, many men and women were not properly safeguarded against  inhaling asbestos fibers in the work environment.

Binghamton Mesothelioma Patient Resources

Mesothelioma is a rare but serious cancer of the lining of the lungs, chest  or abdomen. Caused by exposure to asbestos, around 3,000 new cases of  mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year.  With the  extended latency period of 10-60 years of mesothelioma, many of those recently  diagnosed with the disease were exposed to asbestos decades earlier.  The  real tragedy of mesothelioma is that the fatal disease could have been avoided.  Victims of the disease were unwittingly exposed to asbestos at work or while  serving in the military, because the asbestos companies failed to warn of its  dangers.

Finding a mesothelioma specialist is critical to ensuring that your treatment  plan is the optimal for your disease characteristics. Physicians who specialize  in treating mesothelioma patients often have access to the most current,  effective treatments.

In addition, clinical trials are an option for receiving the most current  care available.  Clinical trials provide researchers with valuable  information that may help current and future patients battle the incurable  disease, and they provide patients with access to treatments for the disease not  yet available through their primary care physician.