Asbestos – a legal carcinogen – kills 265 Californians annually Creative CommonsAsbestos is present in floor and ceiling tiles, insulation and many other construction products. About 68 asbestos-related deaths occur in Riverside County each year. Many people unwittingly expose themselves to asbestos during DIY projects. ■ By Rachel Lynch / Contributed Asbestos is a carcinogen legal to use in the United States. This toxin is the only known cause of mesothelioma – a rare form of cancer. Every year 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with this disease. The state of California has the highest rate of mesothelioma in the entire country – 2,647 Californians died of mesothelioma from 2001 to 2010 –

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