Asbestos, a set of six minerals often used in fireproof and heat resistant linings, coverings, and products, is very dangerous to human health. Despite its wonderful properties to withstand heat and fires, asbestos fiber and particles, when inhaled, accumulate in the lungs. These fibers and particles are quite big, and the lung cannot expel them automatically. Aside from size, asbestos fibers are particularly sharp-making it easy for them to puncture and penetrate lung tissues.
Over the last few decades, it has been proven that asbestos is the cause of several fatal diseases, including several types of stomach and lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare cancer that afflicts the protective lining that surrounds the major organs in the human body), and asbestosis (or asbestos poisoning, often heralded by an unusual shortness of breath, chest pains, clubbed fingers, but its main effect is the scarring of the lung tissues because of asbestos inhalation). … Read More