The Devastating Truth about Asbestos Exposure

Exposure to any amount of asbestos could potentially lead to a deadly illness.

The hazards of asbestos have been well-studied since the early 1900s. In recent years, even more information has come to light about the dangers associated with asbestos exposure. This naturally occurring material has been used for hundreds of years because of its insulating and fire-prevention properties. Thanks to tireless research and advances in medical science, we understand not only the dangers posed by asbestos fibers, but also the physiological impact that this resilient substance has on the body.

Methods of Exposure

It has been well-established in the fields of medicine, science, and industry that all forms of asbestos cause asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other cancers, and that there is no safe minimal dose of exposure. Recent studies have confirmed what mainstream science has been stating for decades.

For example, the August edition of the Journal of Clinical Imaging Science tells the story of an Indian woman who developed mesothelioma (a type of cancer directly linked to asbestos exposure) after just a three-month period of secondary exposure more than 15 years prior to developing symptoms. Doctors treating the woman found that her father - with whom she had lived only briefly as a child - was employed as a miner in an area known for abundant natural asbestos deposits. It is believed that her three-month exposure to the asbestos was limited to that which her father brought home on his clothes and body after work.

Exposure to asbestos in America generally decreased following the federal guidelines of the 1970s, but workers in most industries, including construction, demolition, building materials recycling, and asbestos abatement, still come into contact with the toxic fibers on a regular basis. They risk transporting them home to others unless proper precautions are taken. In addition, because symptoms of asbestos-related diseases like asbestosis and mesothelioma take decades to develop, people exposed prior to governmental regulation are only now being diagnosed.

The Physiological Impact

At their core, mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other asbestos-related conditions result from the body's interaction with asbestos. Asbestos fibers travel all throughout the body, causing scarring in the lungs and the pleura (the protective organ that surrounds the lungs), and cancer in the lungs, pleura, and most major areas of the body.

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