All About Asbestos: The Silent Killer

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Closeup of asbestosWorking in the construction industry does not only expose a worker to various physical risks, but it also makes one vulnerable to different health conditions as well. One of the most common health conditions in a construction workplace is lung problems through inhalation of asbestos.

The removal and disposal of asbestos are one of the most in-demand services in various industries due to the health risks involved in its exposure. But what makes asbestos dangerous and what are the various conditions one may face?

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate material        that you can weave into fibres. People commonly use them in textile, construction and maritime industries. Although hazardous to the health, some still use asbestos in various industries because of its heat and fire resistant properties.

People often suffer exposure to high amounts of asbestos during the construction process, renovation, or removal of parts that have asbestos. Inhaling asbestos in huge amount is detrimental to one’s health because the fibres pass through the lungs where they permanently stay for many years.

This leads to these lung-related conditions such as these:

Asbestosis. Asbestosis causes the lungs to suffer from inflammation. The disease results in shortness of breath, coughing, and in some cases, permanent damage to the lungs.

Lung Cancer. Contrary to popular belief, smoking or second-hand inhalation do not solely cause lung cancer. Too much exposure and inhalation of asbestos can also result in the disease.

Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is another form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Because there is no way to expel asbestos fibres from the body, Mesothelioma can easily form.

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Prognosis for the condition can be very poor because symptoms take as long as 20-50 years to show.

Asbestos is hazardous to the health but has enormous usage in various industries. Totally banning it is impossible, so the best thing one can do is reduce the exposure and have ample protection.