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Asbestos Testing Services Can Locate And Identify This Common Health Hazard

Posted in Asbestos Testing | Blog on November 14th, 2013 by Hunter Adams

For many decades, asbestos was commonly used as building insulation and in numerous products. From brake pads to building materials, ceiling tiles to crayons, it was everywhere. Unfortunately, the health hazards it posed were little understood until it was too late, and many people had already been negatively impacted.

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The Importance Of Asbestos Assessment

Asbestos is a type of mineral than contains very small fibers. Because the fibers resist heat, and because they do not conduct electricity, asbestos was mined and widely used in construction and many industries for years. In the decades during and after World War II, many homes, schools and commercial buildings used asbestos for insulation and fireproofing.

The danger results from breathing in the tiny fibers. This is easier to do than people realize. All it requires is for asbestos to be disturbed in some way, which releases tiny pieces of the fibers into the air.

Once breathed in, the fibers can become stuck in the lungs and remain there for many years. Over time, they accumulate and become numerous. This results in many serious health problems.

Common Health Problems

Some common health problems resulting from asbestos include asbestosis, which is an inflammation in the lungs that makes it hard to breathe and causes scar tissue, as well as mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining in the lungs or chest cavity.

Asbestos causes lung cancer and has also been linked to other kinds of cancer, including cancers of the throat, brain, bladder and kidney.

Unfortunately, because of its widespread use, many people were exposed. Most of the exposures occurred in workers, who spent their days in factories or offices where asbestos fibers were routinely circulating in the air. Mesothelioma cases have been highest among those exposed at work.

Unfortunately, these cancers can take more than a decade to develop, so in many instances, people aren’t even aware when they have been exposed until much later. In some cases, mesothelioma doesn’t show up until decades later. Some common symptoms for those who have been exposed include persistent coughing and chest pain, wheezing, shortness of breath and hoarseness.

If there is any chance that a home or building was constructed with asbestos materials, it is important to deal with it as soon as possible. MD Mold Testing provides reliable asbestos testing services. For a quick and affordable asbestos assessment, contact us At 301-717-1454 Today!