What Asbestos can do to your body?
The three most prominent diseases caused by Asbestos inhalation are Cancer (lung, kidney and Gastro intestinal tract), Asbestosis and Mesothelioma. Asbestos removal is caused by repeated inhalation of Asbestos granules which leads to scarring of the lung tissue. This scarring is a byproduct of a kind of acid the body releases to counteract the dissolving of Asbestos in the blood stream. Ultimately the lungs may become too damaged to function. Asbestosis was the leading cause of early deaths of thousands of workers working in Asbestos mines.
Mesothelioma is a kind of cancerous thickening of the peritoneal cavity and mesothelial wall caused exclusively by Asbestos inhalation. Mesothelioma has a 90% mortality rate though its latency period might be as high as 50 years. All these medical conditions arise from the fact that airborne Asbestos particles are too small to be expelled by the lungs; as a result they penetrate the tissues causing a lot of damage.
Where can you find Asbestos
You can’t find out whether a particular material contains asbestos by simply observing it. The only authentic way of being sure of Asbestos content is getting it tested professionally by a Chemical Lab. However, if your house is built between 1930 and 1950 you can be sure it has some asbestos content thus it is recommended to call a demolition company to have it removed.
Attic insulation made by using vermiculite may have asbestos content and so can textured paints. Old products such as patching mixtures used in ceiling joints and pads used on stove tops also have traces of asbestos. The walls and floors around wood burning stoves can have a protective layer of asbestos. Hot water or steam pipes in old homes are another area where asbestos is used.
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References: Asbestos Industry Associaton