Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Causes of Asbestos Exposure

Posted by on Jan 31, 2015 in Asbestos and Mesothelioma | 0 comments

Asbestos is an incredibly versatile and durable minerals made up of microscopic fibers. It has many industrial applications because it has high resistance to heat and chemicals and is non-conductive, and it is relatively inexpensive to mine and process. Unfortunately, it is also toxic to humans when it is breathed in, something that is easy to do because of the size of the fibers.

Asbestos exposure can lead to medical conditions that range from mild to fatal, depending on the frequency and level of exposure. These medical conditions are primarily respiratory, as the fibers lodged in the lungs can cause inflammation and scarring that can lead to breathing difficulties. In some cases, it leads to lung cancer or mesothelioma, which involves the lining of the abdomen, chest cavity and lungs called the mesothelium.

Asbestos exposure can happen anywhere. Because it was widely used for decades (and is still being used now in certain industries), you could get exposed to it at home, in the workplace, or in the environment. Strict laws are in place for the regulation for use and disposal of asbestos, but unfortunately these are not always being followed. In some instances, exposure can result from the unexpected destruction of a building such as what happened when the World Trade Center was attacked in what is now known as 9/11. The North Tower was built partly using asbestos, and its destruction resulted in tons of the fibers being released into the surrounding areas.

Asbestos continues to pose a threat to public health, but under normal circumstances this can be avoided if due diligence and care is observed. If you have contracted an asbestos-related disease because of the negligence of a third party, you may be facing a threat to your life.

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