Asbestos isn't just found in roofing or building materials. Did you know that some people have filed claims over asbestos found in baby powder? That's right, a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claimed that the baby powder contained enough asbestos to cause people to fall ill after using it.
Asbestos is a dangerous material that has the potential to make a person very ill. The interesting thing about it is that you could be exposed for a long time before knowing that you're going to be affected negatively.
There are several kinds of asbestos but not all of them cause disease. Exposure, and the method of exposure, must match up in a specific way for a person to get sick from asbestos.
Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer. It affects the cells in the body by altering their DNA. When the DNA is altered and damaged, it can cause the cells to grow out of control. That's what leads to cancer.
When you hear someone talk about asbestos, you probably immediately think about the fibrous materials that are found in roofing materials or insulation. You may have learned about the dangers of asbestos in the past but not realized that you had actually been exposed. If you were exposed, you could develop mesothelioma or asbestosis, both of which can affect your health negatively and potentially become life-threatening.
If you work in an industry where you may be exposed to asbestos, then you should be aware of the symptoms and signs of asbestosis. Asbestosis is a disease of the lungs that develops when fibrous asbestos scars the lungs.
In an interesting news report about asbestos lawsuits, the Reynolds Tobacco Company was ordered to release lists of people, smokers and employees, who sued Lorillard Inc., due to illnesses from cigarettes and their filters that had asbestos inside.
As someone who worked with asbestos in the past, you may worry that you could develop an illness in the future as a result. In the meantime, you don't know when the illness might suddenly appear but want to take steps to address it as soon as possible.
Asbestos, a heat-resistant, fibrous silicate mineral has many purposes. It can be used as a fire-resistant or insulating material. It can be woven into materials, too. The trouble is that it has the potential to be extremely dangerous if inhaled.
Over the years, asbestos has been used in a wide range of fields. So, there are all kinds of workers who, at some point in their career, may have faced asbestos exposure. A few examples of work fields that have seen significant risks on this front over the years are shipbuilding, construction, building and asbestos-related mining/milling/manufacturing.