ASBESTOS, WHAT TO WATCH FOR
What many people don’t know is that you can be exposed to asbestos in your everyday routine. Asbestos can be found in your home and your workplace, and when disrupted it can eject tiny particles into the air that can be very problematic for the body. These particles can be inhaled into the lungs becoming lodged and causing inflammation and irritation. The fact of the matter is that what these particles are inhaled they can stay lodged in the lining of your lungs for quite some time. This means that that the inflammation and irritation can last a long time resulting in coughing and shortness of breath affecting your day to day activates and overall quality of life. Long-term asbestos exposure can lead to serious illness and in certain circumstances death. The harmful effects of asbestos have lead to asbestos-related building products being banned and asbestos removal becoming mandatory.
Asbestos is a carcinogenic and prolonged exposure can result in the following medical conditions.
- Mesothelioma: a rare and aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs.
- Asbestosis: a lung disease resulting from the inhalation of asbestos.
- Lung Cancer: a malignant tumor that can spread, forms in your lung or Lungs.
- Laryngeal Cancer: a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the tissues of the larynx.
- Ovarian Cancer: a disease in which malignant cancer cells form on or in the tissues of a woman’s ovaries.
- Testicular Cancer: a disease in which malignant cancer cells form on or in the tissues of a man’s testicles.
- Pleural Plaques: deposits of hyalinized collagen fibers in the parietal pleura.
- Pleural Thickening: a lung disease in which extensive scarring thickens the pleura, the thin membrane that covers the lungs.
All of these conditions have been linked to asbestos exposure and many if not all can result in death.