In the modern world, asbestos is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of property owners, tenants, and employees alike. This is because asbestos is associated with one of the biggest boogiemen for the last few decades in the developed world: cancer. And while asbestos is only one of many carcinogenic products out there, it has almost cornered the market on one type of cancer: mesothelioma. This article is going to look at what exactly mesothelioma is, how asbestos causes this cancer, and the importance of getting tested. [Read more…] about Mesothelioma: Asbestos’s Most Infamous Cancer
Asbestos is a dangerous substance in the right – or perhaps wrong – circumstances. In these situations, asbestos is exposed to air and by time and mechanical action caused to fragment and send asbestos fibers – crystal filaments thinner than a human hair – into the air. This can lead to several serious health conditions, which we talked about in our blog, Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick. This blog focuses on explaining one of the health conditions in more detail: asbestosis. [Read more…] about Asbestos Inhalation: What is Asbestosis?
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?