Asbestos and Mesothelioma

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Postby Webmaster » February 25th, 2005, 9:02 am

When asbestos is intact, it does not pose a health threat. However, when the material deteriorates, asbestos fibres can be released into the air and inhaled. Exposure to asbestos fibres has been linked to cancer, asbestosis (scaring of the lungs that restricts breathing) and mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the chest cavity). The chances of getting an asbestos-related illness increase as the level and duration of exposure increases.

Many former uses such as flooring felt, rollboard, and corrugated, commercial, and specialty paper, and all new uses of asbestos in the U.S. have been banned.

More than 1.3 million employees in the construction industry face significant exposure to asbestos on the job. Construction workers face heavy exposure to asbestos especially during the removal of asbestos during renovations or demolitions. Employees working in areas of manufacturing of asbestos such as textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials, are also likely to be exposed, as are employees working on automotive brake and clutch repair work.

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