Is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is natural mineral, non-carcinogenic and do not pose a health risk to people working or living in buildings when it is left intact and undisturbed in its solid case, but when it is releasing dust or disturbed into fine fibers into the air; here come the question to be answered…When they can be inhaled or ingested.
When is Asbestos Dangerous?
There are several types of asbestos; all asbestos fibers are dangerous if you breathe them, as breathing asbestos fibers are the most common way to enter the body is through breathing. Generally speaking, asbestos containing material isn’t harmful unless it is released into dust or small fiber articles easily inhaled or ingested. Asbestos fibers when inhaled through our nose many of these fibers are trapped in the mucous membranes lining the nose and throat this is a natural defensive mechanism for any mucous membrane lined organ for protection, so far these trapped fibers can then be removed, but those fibers which have passed deep into the lungs, or, if swallowed, into the digestive tract can cause health problems. Asbestos is most dangerous when it is friable easily be crumbled or reduced to a powder by hand pressure- and easily released into the air.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed or damaged, dusts containing asbestos fibers are released into the air. When breathing in; these fibers can cause several fatal and serious diseases;
These diseases will not affect you immediately asbestos fiber takes a long larceny period to develop about 20 -40 years to appear, but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything. This is why it is important to understand how to protect yourself from now. Asbestos can cause the following fatal and serious diseases:
Mesothelioma; Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which affects the lining tissue of certain organs; the lungs (pleura the mesothelium lining) and the digestive tract (peritoneum). It is almost signature to asbestos exposure and by the time it is diagnosed its laitance period, it is almost too late to do anything and always fatal.
Asbestos-related lung cancer is also a rare form of cancer which affects the tissue of the lungs itself.
Asbestosis; Asbestosis is a serious chronic inflammatory and scarring disease of the lung. Asbestosis normally occurs after heavy and/or long-term exposure to asbestos.
Pleural thickening; Pleural thickening is an extensive scarring thickens the pleura, due to heavy asbestos exposure. The lining of the lung (pleura) thickens and swells making great pressure on the lung cause impairment lung function
Asbestos still kills around 5000 workers each year, is not just a problem of the past as it is expected to rise from 2012 to 2020.
Asbestos still exist today in many buildings built or refurbished before the year 2000
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare and an incurable cancer.
How easy is it to get Mesothelioma?
Approximately 70 to 80 percent of people who get mesothelioma are exposure to asbestos at work. Asbestos was widely used for decays in many industrial products such as building industrial and products, commercial and housing products and it is not banded but is still present in millions of U.S. workplaces and homes. Usually, the disease have a long larceny period up 35 to 50 years after exposure, so does not appear until most people get to the old age … over the age of 65. Malignant mesothelioma is a very real danger.
Can Mesothelioma be caused by smoking?
According to a variety of studies; people who smoke, and are exposed to asbestos fibers, are about 50 to 84 times more likely to develop asbestos lung cancer.
What Type Of Cancer Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare malignant form of cancer that develops from cells of the mesothelium or the lining membrane that protects and covers many of the internal organs of the body; lungs, abdominal cavities, and our hearts. The lonely known cause of Mesothelioma is by exposure to asbestos.
There are four types of asbestos mesothelioma and they are as follows:
Pleural asbestos mesothelioma; Known as asbestos mesothelioma lung cancer, develops in the pleura the lining membrane of the lung –the mesothelium. Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common type of all asbestos mesothelioma comprising nearly 90 percent of all diagnoses.
Peritoneal mesothelioma; This malignant tumor develops in the lining tissue of the peritoneum of the abdominal cavity.
Pericardial mesothelioma; This malignant tumor develops on the lining tissue of the pericardium, the lining of the heart.
Testicular mesothelioma; This malignant tumor develops in the lining tissue of tunica vaginalis, the lining of the testes.
The rarest forms of the types of asbestos mesothelioma are pericardial and testicular mesothelioma.
After An Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer Diagnosis;
Many of the people who have diagnosed as asbestos mesothelioma patients might be capable of claiming compensation for this serious illness to obtain money to cover pain and suffering. Their medical expenses and lost their financial income resulting from asbestos exposure seeks monetary compensation. It is advisable to consult an asbestos mesothelioma lawyer to know your rights regarding that aggressive disease. The physician who diagnosed your case or is treating you may capable to provide you with some relevant information. In the majority of cases, filing a mesothelioma claim seeks monetary compensation for damages that arise after the diagnosis of any asbestos-related cancer especially the lethal ones.