Monthly Archives: January 2011

Asbestos and the troubles that come with it

Asbestos is found naturally in the environment as group minerals, as fiber bundles which when separated and made into think threads that last long. Asbestos is mined and used commercially in several parts of the world and is used extensively for industrial purposes. Asbestos is used while building homes as well.

Though asbestos is used extensively, there is a host of trouble that comes with asbestos. In fact asbestos has many health hazards. Researchers have classified asbestos as a human carcinogen and exposure to asbestos over a prolonged period can cause lung cancer. Asbestos is also responsible for mesothelioma, which is a rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the abdomen and chest.

When people breathe in asbestos fiber, the fibers get trapped generally in their lungs. Accumulation of these asbestos fibers over a long period of time causes inflammation and scarring that affect breathing and causes serious ailments.