How Does Asbestos Cause Cancer?

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Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that has struck thousands of people across the US. This form of cancer is rare. The source is exposure to asbestos particles in the air. Those who have contracted mesothelioma were at some point exposed to airborne asbestos fibers over extended periods of time.

But what is mesothelioma and how does asbestos cause cancer to form in the lungs?

Understanding how it develops helps to identify if you may be vulnerable to this horrible form of cancer.

What is Asbestos?

This is a natural substance found in nature often appearing like a rock. Pure asbestos consists of many small fibers that can be processed to create useful materials such as insulation. For many decades, asbestos was installed into residential and commercial buildings as fireproofing material.

The fibers become airborne when the processed asbestos starts to fall apart. The fibers stuck to the inside of the lungs and remain there when inhaled. This is because the fibers have hooks which attach themselves to the interior of the lungs.

How Cancer Forms Because of Asbestos

The fibers trapped in the lungs continue to do damage to the inner lining. This results in inflammation, scarring, and eventually damage on a genetic level. This is a process similar to when trauma causes cancer in bones or muscle tissue. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is aggressive and has a high rate of death.

The damage from asbestos takes place over years and even decades. The source of the cancer is clear as it stems solely from asbestos. Asbestos was banned from the construction of new buildings in the late 1970s.

Exposure to asbestos is limited due in large part to the removal of asbestos from most buildings and structures. You may still be at risk from asbestos exposure from other less obvious sources and this is where Brickley Environmental can help.

How Brickley Environmental Can Help

Calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental should be the first step for the safety and protection of your home or business.

We have the knowledge, experience, training, and equipment to identify the presence of asbestos in homes, buildings, and structures. We can confirm the presence of asbestos and we can safely remove it.

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