For anyone who has done any research in asbestos (or read even a fraction of our blogs on the subject), they know the largest concern of its presence is the health risks that come with asbestos exposure. Brought in through the nose and mouth to the lungs, asbestos fibers can cause scarring to the lungs that leads to shortness of breath, as well as a serious risk of multiple types of cancer. It’s important to understand the risks of asbestos exposure, but it’s also important to understand how smoking interacts and complicates the health concerns and how it should factor into asbestos abatement. [Read more…] about The Connection and Risk of Asbestos and Smoking
Asbestos has a lasting legacy in the United States, from health conditions that plague contractors, miners, and factory workers, to asbestos hazards in our homes, offices, and schools. Fear of asbestos comes from the fear of the health conditions it poses, and the difficulty of detecting the hazard. When it comes to diagnosing your risk of asbestos exposure, you’ve got two major sources: watching out for “sentinel diseases” that commonly are linked to asbestos or performing an inspection of suspect buildings for asbestos. [Read more…] about Is There Testing for Asbestos Exposure?
The very first blog on this website was Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick, where we went over the three major health issues caused by asbestos. In this article, we want to focus on probably the most well-known illness of asbestos exposure: lung cancer. Let’s look at why asbestos is hazardous, how it gets into your body, and how that exposure causes lung cancer. [Read more…] about How Does Asbestos Give You Lung Cancer?
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?
Asbestos saw extensive use in building construction, and many older buildings and houses can contain this material. The danger isn’t from large pieces, but particles of individual fibers that can enter your lungs. As these buildings age, asbestos fiber can be shed. Asbestos fiber can also be created during maintenance and renovation of a home or business building. The following are three of the most common illnesses caused by asbestos inhalation, showing why it’s vital to have it removed from a building. [Read more…] about Hazardous Materials: How Asbestos Makes You Sick