A health expert that has been consulted by city officials has stated that the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco cannot be blamed for the high level of cancer among city workers that have either worked in the building or have spent significant amounts of time in the building. This conclusion was made despite the fact that there is asbestos present in the building.

Asbestos is a substance that can cause a number of health problems through long term exposure, such as respiratory problems, scarring of the lungs, and in serious cases a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. According to reports five workers that have worked or spent long periods of time in the building have died of cancer. Three other have developed tumours, two of which developed malignant tumours.

 

One worker who has been diagnosed with cancer stated: "There’s something in the building, in the environment, that’s getting us sick. With the small staff we had, it’s way beyond normal."

One union official added: "We have workers in an environment they shouldn’t be in. We don’t want our women and men working in a place that they honestly believe is unsafe, and we have language in our contract that addresses that."

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