When inhaled, asbestos fibers make their way into the lungs causing physical damage and become lodged in the surrounding tissue, both of which can form cancer. The risk rises with two major factors: time and amount of exposure. In this blog, we’re looking at where the risks are, who is most at risk, and measures to take if you think you’ve been exposed. [Read more…] about How Long Does It Take for Asbestos Exposure to Be Harmful?
It’s one thing to understand that asbestos – a hazardous material commonly found in construction materials of buildings made in the late 1980s and older – causes major illnesses, including asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, and another to understand how it happens. This article is designed to help shed light on the exact process, from how the asbestos becomes airborne to the effects on your body, to help underline the dangers of asbestos exposure. [Read more…] about How Does Asbestos Get into Your Lungs?
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?
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 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