Asbestos exposure is hazardous and poses major health concerns although symptoms may not appear for 10-40 years. There is no known “safe level” of exposure however; the risk of contracting an asbestos related illness is higher with greater and longer exposure. There are three major diseases associated with exposure to asbestos:
- Asbestosis – A lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers which results in irritation and scarring of the lungs, eventually effecting lung function.
- Lung Cancer – People with long-term exposure to high levels of asbestos are particularly susceptible to cancer of the lungs and gastrointestinal tract.
- Mesothelioma – A rare form of cancer that normally effects the lungs and is almost-always caused by exposure to asbestos. For more information on Mesothleioma please visit www.mesotheliomahelp.net.