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Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos was once a popular insulation material for a wide variety of industries. Asbestos can resist the effects of heat, flame, chemicals, and electricity, making it attractive for many different purposes. However, this fiber can also cause diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer, and gastrointestinal cancer. Unfortunately, many people were exposed to asbestos before they were aware of its dangers.

Methods of Exposure

As asbestos ages or is disturbed, microscopic asbestos fibers can be released into the air. The fibers can float around in the air or settle on things like food. Additionally, if your water supply runs through pipes containing asbestos, the fibers can collect in your water. If you inhale the contaminated air or ingest the asbestos-laden food or water, you can suffer from asbestos exposure. Our bodies cannot break down asbestos fibers, leaving them lodged inside of important tissues.

Sources of Asbestos Exposure

Researchers have recognized a number of industries and entities that may have exposed workers or nearby residents to carcinogenic asbestos fibers. Sources of asbestos exposure include:

  • Chemical plants
  • Construction or renovation work
  • Power plants
  • Metalworking
  • U.S. Armed Forces, such as the Navy
  • Shipyards
  • Mines
  • Older buildings, such as schools

People who worked in these places or industries may have brought asbestos fibers home. Asbestos fibers can get trapped on clothing before getting disturbed at home when processed in the laundry.

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If you have lived or worked near one of these facilities, you may have been exposed to asbestos. To learn more about the risks of asbestos exposure, please fill out our contact form located at the top of the page today.

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