Dangers of Asbestos

The real story of the dangers of asbestos has raised awareness only recently, which led to more asbestos removal projects in homes in order to lower asbestos deaths.

What is it?

Asbestos is a group of six microscopic fibrous asbestiform minerals used in buildings, roofing shingles, floor tiles, and many other construction material products. Exposure to it can lead to serious, long-term respiratory condition development in the human body. Its principal characteristic is its durability and its resistance to heat, which makes it extremely attractive to construction companies and entrepreneurs.

Where is it located?

Deadly asbestos can be found in common construction materials such as ceilings tiles, pipe lagging, water tank reservoirs, vinyl flooring, and more. Millions of people have been exposed to asbestos in some capacity as a result of the mineral’s extensive use in domestic, commercial, and industrial products found everywhere in homes, walls, and ceilings as an insulation product. There is no safe form of this material and any amount of exposure to it is considered dangerous.

How will it kill you?

Today asbestos fiber is classified as a known human carcinogen. It represents a threat to human health and safety, especially to those working with it such as plumbers, painters, construction workers, and electricians. Because asbestos fibers are microscopic, they’re easily inhaled. These microscopic forms are called amphiboles. Once inhaled, the fibers cling to the respiratory system, including the lining of the lungs and the inner cavity tissue. As asbestos fibers are typically quite rigid, they become lodged in the soft internal tissue of the respiratory system and are not easily expelled or broken-down by the body. This can lead to the development of four major lung conditions: lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and pleural thickening. Each condition can cause a slow and painful death.

How to survive?

The most effective method of lowering asbestos-induced lung conditions is to simply avoid exposure to this material. Treatment to exposure is dependent on the condition being experienced. Some treatment methods include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and multimodal therapy. Certain medications may also be prescribed as a cure for asbestos depending on the symptoms being experienced.


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