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Asbestos Awareness

What is asbestos?

This naturally occurring mineral has been widely used in construction throughout the last century for its heat and fire-resistant qualities. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, most structures built before and even throughout the 1980s contain asbestos in some shape or form.

Home improvement and asbestos exposure risks

Employed in a diverse range of building materials, asbestos was used for both interior and exterior construction products, such as roofing, siding, insulation, ceiling tiles, and flooring. Because asbestos use was so prevalent and widespread, it is vital to identify any potential asbestos hazards before engaging in home improvement projects.

Mesothelioma

Exposure to asbestos has proven to result in a wide range of health conditions, including mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. This rare form of cancer is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure.

Due to a long latency period, mesothelioma symptoms (shortness of breath, severe cough, chest pain) may not appear for 20 or more years. For this reason, mesothelioma is often diagnosed in later stages of development, which severely complicates treatment and chances of survival. To learn more about this elusive and often puzzling disease, please review our extensive resources, featuring information on mesothelioma causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and more.

What makes asbestos so dangerous?

The fibers of asbestos are what cause it to be dangerous. They fill the air surrounding asbestos products and when breathed or swallowed, embed in the tissues of the linings of your organs, most commonly your lungs and digestive system. Asbestos can also affect your heart. However, before people knew the dangers of asbestos, it was used to make a number of products, many of which could be commonly found in the home. Today, the use of asbestos is highly regulated, which means that less people are getting sick, but many cases of asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma are still reported due to exposure in the past. If you live in an older home or were part of the construction industry in the past, it is a good idea to ask your doctor to check your body for asbestos exposure.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center

The Asbestos & Mesothelioma Center is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information in hopes of spreading awareness about the real and eminent dangers of asbestos.

Visit the Asbestos & Mesothelioma Center to learn more.

 

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This page was updated September 04, 2014