Health Effects Of Asbestos

September 11, 2012 at 2:26 pm

What is asbestos? Well, it is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals that have been used over the years due to their physical durability. Asbestos is mined and it is for this reason that many have often desired to know the effects of asbestos on health. Here are somethings you may be interested in knowing when it comes to asbestos and your health:

  • Asbestos is mostly dangerous to your health when it is breathed into the lungs. However, when breathed, the body often removes most of the asbestos through natural mechanisms. The residues of asbestos are the ones that are harmful to the body.
  • The diseases caused by asbestos are mostly diseases dealing with the lungs such as lung cancer, asbestosis which is the irreversible wearing out of lung tissues that impairs breathing, mesothelioma which is a cancer of the abdomen and lung linings and many other diseases related to the breathing of asbestos breathing.
  • All the diseases related to asbestos are not instant but take years to occur. Research has proved that it can take for as many as fifty years for someone to develop the full symptoms of asbestos related diseases.

From the above discussions, we can see that indeed, asbestos has great health effects on human beings. There are many more asbestos related diseases not discussed. Also, what makes asbestos more dangerous on human health is the fact that its diseases take a long time to develop.