Asbestos has long been used in buildings because of a number of valuable properties. One of the most valuable properties that asbestos possesses is that it’s insulating. Although it has long been known as a health risk, it’s only recently that other materials have replaced asbestos including fibreglass.
Risks of Asbestos
The main risk of asbestos is that the particles are very fine, these can easily be inhaled and accumulate in the lungs. Normally the people that suffer from related conditions are the people that mine the mineral, process it and install it.
There are a number of trade’s people that are involved with the fitting of asbestos related parts who can also suffer from asbestos related illnesses. Asbestos has also been used in cement, clothing, and even in gas masks. Although asbestos is no longer used, these people are still often at risk when it comes to removing and demolishing buildings that could possibly contain asbestos.
The danger of asbestos is that breathing in the particles can cause lung cancer and related diseases. This condition may fist be noticed by breathing difficulty, which will then result in lung cancer. Chest pain may be a sign of asbestos related diseases, and could also be an indication that the disease is getting worse and developing.
Of course these symptoms are not limited to asbestos related diseases; they can also be caused by a wide range of different conditions. If you have any form of exposure to asbestos then your doctor will use this to diagnose your condition and get to the root of the problem.
Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer that only affects people that have been exposed to asbestos.
This is a particularly nasty form of cancer that can attack the lining of the lungs and abdomen. Around 80% of patients suffering from this form of cancer have had some form of exposure to asbestos.
It can take 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos for the effects of exposure to become apparent. This type of cancer is fatal in a large number of cases.
There is no known cure for asbestosis and related diseases. It is important that you keep detailed accounts of any history where you might have come into contact with the material. It is also possible that toxic asbestos dust has been breathed in from clothes of someone that worked with the substance. Your doctor may use chest X-rays to look for any abnormalities and find out about possible asbestos diseases.
If you work with asbestos, especially when removing or disturbing it then it is very important you use the provided safety equipment to ensure that none of it gets into your body. The problem is that the particles are so light it’s very easy to breathe them in. This is why asbestos removers often wear all over body suits to remove asbestos.
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