There are dangerous chemicals and substances that can make their way through the food chain, such as chlorinated pesticides, herbicides, and mercury. But can asbestos be transmitted between organisms in the same way? Asbestos is a hazardous material that releases airborne microscopic fibers that present a threat to most living creatures, and most are aware of its danger to our respiratory system. However, since the fibers do not break down over time, should we be worried whether asbestos can travel through the food chain as well? [Read more…] about Can Asbestos Travel Through the Food Chain?
The dangers of asbestos are known and were made infamous with its connection to lung cancer. As we wrote about in our blog, Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick, the most common health issues with asbestos exposure are asbestosis – a form of lung scarring or fibrous – and the two cancers, lung cancer and mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium that covers the lungs and chest walls). However, as we learn more about cancers and their causes, there are several other cancers that are starting to be linked to asbestos exposure, including bladder cancer, breast cancer, and brain cancer. [Read more…] about Can Asbestos Cause Other Cancers Than Lung Cancer?