Asbestos Inhalation: Still A Danger

smokingAsbestos was used to a large extent from the 1950’s until the 1980’s, as it was a very useful material, with excellent fire and acid proof qualities. Unfortunately, the fibres of asbestos are very harmful to the human body, causing massive health problems in later life.

The problems associated with asbestos exposure do not appear straight away, which led to the continued usage of the material in buildings for many years. Asbestos particles can be found in nearly every aspect of building built between the 1950’s until as late as 2000. It was used as pipe insulation, insulating board, insulated window panels, floor tiles and even in some decorative features. This wide spread use across many sectors of building and repair has lead to a huge problem over the past few decades.

As the workers and general public who were exposed to asbestos get older, the symptoms appear and cause a variety of diseases and ailments.

One of the most common is Mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer, almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. It is a cancer of the mesothelium, a protective lining that covers the internal organs. As asbestos is inhaled, in stays in the lungs and the mesothelium around them, It can also appear in other places inside the body, such as the abdominal cavity and around the heart.

The disease is characterized by a shortness of breath and fluid on the lungs. Although chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery are all options, the disease often carries with it a poor prognosis.

If you get diagnosed with the disease, you are entitled to Mesothelioma compensation. The government passed a bill which speeds through compensation claims for those diagnosed due to the deadly nature of the disease.

There are other less serious ailments associated with asbestos inhalation, but any exposure to asbestos should be considered dangerous. If in doubt, getting a check-up is always the safest bet and it is best to catch it early.

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