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  1. It would be prudent to have periodic evaluations including chest X ray and pulmonary function testing, and screening for colorectal cancer on a yearly basis.

  2. Parents often feel resentful that they have not been informed earlier of an asbestos hazard. A respected physician in the community is often able to put the risk of disease due to asbestos into perspective for such an audience. Before making public statements, however, it would be advisable to consult with state and local public health officials on the potential for asbestos exposure in local schools.

Sources of Information

More information on the adverse effects of asbestos and the treatment and management of asbestos-exposed persons can be obtained from ATSDR, your state and local health departments, and university medical centers. Case Studies in Environmental Medicine: Asbestos Toxicity is one of a series. For other publications in this series, please use the order form on the back cover. For clinical inquiries, contact ATSDR, Division of Health Education, Office of Director, at (404) 639–0730.

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