Asbestos could be found in buildings around the world providing cheap fire and heat protection. Exposure to asbestos is everywhere. It has been used to line pipes, used inside walls, and used to fireproof blankets. Asbestos is a cheap, natural material whose unique properties made it well-suited to protect both property and lives.
Asbestos causes diseases that mostly affected the respiratory system. Medical professionals saw a rise in asbestos-related diseases and illnesses from the beginning of World War II until the late 1970s. The mineral eventually became heavily regulated and banned from being used in buildings.
However, exposure is still possible. There are still older buildings that contain asbestos. Here are some of the most common diseases that asbestos is known to cause.
Diseases & Exposure
Exposure to asbestos is always in the lungs. Hence, various forms of lung cancer are a common occurrence. The presence of the fibers in the lung tissues tend to exacerbate the cancer which may have been developed from another source. Therefore, there are two main diseases caused directly by asbestos exposure.
Asbestosis: This is caused by the fibers found in asbestos being inhaled into the lungs. The microscopic fiber irritate the tissues and may cause the following symptoms.
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pain
The irritation can turn into inflammation and even scarring. Proper diagnosis is often difficult because it takes time for the asbestos fibers to build up enough to start causing the irritation. It may take up to 30 years after the initial exposure before the symptoms start appearing.
Mesothelioma: The scarring caused by asbestosis may lead to the formation of an aggressive cancer. Mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer that is caused by the irritation and presence of asbestos fibers. The fibers can be absorbed into the bloodstream and may find their way to the vital organs and build up there as well.
Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose early and treat. This makes it one of the deadliest cancers. Early diagnosis is crucial to survival. Older buildings and structure that may contain asbestos will need to be identified.
How Brickley Environmental Can Help
Contact the experts at Brickley Environmental if you believe that your home, office, or facility may contain asbestos. They have the knowledge, experience, and tools to identify and remove asbestos from your property.
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