How Dangerous is Asbestos?

Asbestos refers to the natural occurrence of minerals that comprises flexible fibres, resistant to corrosion, electricity, and heat. Such qualities make this mineral useful. Unfortunately, however, it makes the exposure of asbestos immensely toxic.

Moreover, asbestos is widely used as an efficient insulator in construction and can be added to paper, plastic, cement, and many other materials for making them robust.

Nonetheless, when you inhale or ingest asbestos dust, the fibres can be trapped permanently in the body. Additionally, caught asbestos fibres may result in inflammation and can eventually lead to genetic damage.

Do you know the most common way for asbestos fibers to enter your body is via breathing? Moreover, when materials including asbestos are damaged or disturbed, fibres released are there into the air.

And when you inhale these fibres, they can lead to serious diseases. Such diseases do not affect you immediately and often take a more extended period to showcase their symptoms. However, the moment they are diagnosed, it is often late for doing anything. Hence, it’s essential to safeguard yourself now.

Asbestos is dangerous as it still kills nearly 5000 workers every year, and in fact, it is more than the people losing their lives in road accidents.

As a result of past exposure, approximately 20 workers die every week.

Nonetheless, the asbestos problem is not a past issue as it can be present in any building material today also.

Asbestos Causes The Following Serious And Fatal Diseases:

 

Mesothelioma

 

Mesothelioma is a severe cancer type that affects your lungs (pleura) lining. Also, it affects the lining surrounding the peritoneum of the lower digestive tract.

Moreover, it is nearly exclusive as it is connected to asbestos exposure, and when it’s diagnosed, it becomes approximately fatal by that time.

Asbestos-Related Disease – Lung Cancer

Lung cancer related to asbestos is similar to lung cancer caused by smoking and various other causes. Also, it is supposed that there’s around one death because of mesothelioma.

 

Asbestosis

It is a severe lung scarring condition that usually occurs after there’s heavy asbestos exposure. Such a condition can result in progressive breath shortness, and it can be fatal in severe cases.

 

Pleural Thickening

Generally, it is an issue that occurs after severe asbestos exposure—the lung lining, which is the pleura, swells and thickens. And if the situation gets worse, your lungs can be squeezed itself and can be a source of breath shortness and can create discomfort in your chest.

 

Important Note:

Please keep in mind that people exposed to asbestos fibres and smoke are at greater risk of lung cancer.

 

Asbestos Exposure Risks

A little to no amount of asbestos exposure is healthy or safe; however, in general, asbestos has worse effects when a person is exposed to intense concentrations of asbestos. Also, it is dangerous when it’s exposed over a longer period regularly.

And when asbestos racks up in the body with heavy exposure, there’s no chance of reversing the damage it causes to your health.

Also, it’s significant to avoid interference in the products that comprise asbestos. And people who have their residence nearby naturally occurring deposits of asbestos. So, do not disturb soil that may have any contamination.

Moreover, most patients that suffer from asbestos-related issues are men- ageing 60 or more than it.

 

 

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