15 American States Had More than 100,000 Asbestos Deaths in 15 Years

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and asbestos is partly to blame. The building material was widely used for years, and though it was banned in many countries decades ago, it’s still around in the United States, according to The Architect’s Newspaper. Exposure to asbestos particles can lead to mesothelioma in the lungs and other lung cancers, but there is no safe level of exposure, and more than 107,000 people die each year from exposure-related diseases, according to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. These American states had thousands of asbestos deaths from 1999 to 2013, and they combined for more than 100,000 deaths. (We suspect a couple of factors come into play at No. 8 on the countdown).

15. Minnesota


Minnesota has almost as many asbestos deaths as more populous states. | AndreyKrav/iStock/Getty Images

Deaths: 4,852

Population: 5.57 million

We start our countdown in Minnesota, which is the least-populous state on our list but still has its fair share of asbestos deaths. Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis and suburbs such as Bloomington, Edina, and Minnetonka, accounted for 864 of the state’s deaths.

Next: It’s hard to escape lung cancer in this state.

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