Asbestos has been linked to a number of serious lung conditions, and those who lived and worked near this material in the days before we knew this have suffered terribly.
Because asbestos is made of tiny fibers that can travel easily in the air and settle inside the lungs, it is a silent killer and a menace in the environment. Asbestos has been connected to a range of cases of mesothelioma, an aggressive, almost untreatable cancer that affects the tissues lining the chest cavity. It is without a doubt a well known carcinogen and those who were exposed to it during its heyday have paid the price with their health.
And it’s not only individual problems with asbestos, a 2006 study found that asbestos dust can easily travel into the water supply. Not only that, the wind can pick it up from the soil as it does not get absorbed into the ground. The upshot of this is that it can be in the air we breathe, especially if a production facility has ever been in an area. Countries that had at some point produced asbestos have high rates of pulmonary illnesses connected to it and have quite high levels of it floating around. Although it has been banned in many countries, it still poses a huge health risk for many people.
Buildings that were created during the 1970’s can have this material in them. It’s not too much of a threat as long as it does not start to deteriorate as that’s when dust particles are formed and the material floats around and into people’s lungs.
The basic rule of thumb is that if you think you might be dealing with this material is to call in the experts. By law, asbestos must be removed of and disposed of in a certain way. It’s not something you want to have on your property or in your locality, so minimise risk and if you think you may be in danger of exposure, get the right people to handle it.