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Asbestos is a commercial name for six naturally occurring fibrous minerals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three types of asbestos have been used commercially:

Chrysotile or white asbestos

White, or Chrysotile

Crocidolite or blue asbestos

Blue, or Crocidolite

Amosite or brown asbestos

Brown, or Amosite

There are Many Types of Asbestos and All Cause Mesothelioma

Overview of Asbestos

More than 90 percent of the asbestos used in the United States was the white asbestos. Asbestos has been used in the manufacture of heating and domestic water systems, including in pipes, boilers, and tanks. It also has been used in spray-on insulation for fireproofing and acoustical purposes, vinyl and linoleum flooring, and drop-in ceiling tiles.  Asbestos-containing materials are found in exterior building materials, such as shingles and roofing products. It can also be found in equipment (like pumps and valves), brake shoes, art supplies, doors, lab equipment and gaskets.

Tragically, asbestos is a human carcinogen known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

All types of asbestos cause mesothelioma and no amount of asbestos exposure is safe, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency warns. Once exposed to asbestos, a person has a life-long risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

While most often individuals affected with the cancer were exposed to asbestos in the workplace, asbestos exposure in homes is also possible. Sometimes workers brought asbestos fibers into their homes on their clothing, shoes or hair. As a result, their children and spouses were exposed to the deadly fibers.

This type of second-hand exposure to asbestos is known as “take home” exposure. Today, regulations are in place for worksites where asbestos is handled to prevent this kind of second-hand exposure.

Occupational Exposure to Asbestos

asbestos hazard sign on a tree

The latency or incubation period from the time of exposure to the development of symptoms can be decades. Many workers are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis as a result of being exposed to asbestos in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and thereafter.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, heavy exposures of asbestos tend to occur in many industries including construction, plumbing, flooring, and electrical industries. Ship repair, particularly during the removal of asbestos materials due to renovation, repairs or demolition, is also a common source of exposure. Workers are also likely to be exposed during the manufacture of asbestos products, such as textiles, friction products, insulation and other building materials, and during automotive brake and clutch repair work.

Asbestos products are most dangerous when altered, as may occur when they are cut, sanded, or scraped. Other products, such as cements and insulation pastes, contained raw asbestos and were mixed onsite. Any of these processes created asbestos dust that workers inhaled or ingested. Sometimes, dust could remain airborne for weeks, while sweeping and cleaning up materials kicked up dust.

One cloud of dust from asbestos products can contain millions or billions of fibers, and even a small amount of asbestos can cause lung damage. Many workers know how they were exposed to asbestos. Other individuals won’t recall how they were exposed to asbestos, or they may think they were never exposed to asbestos at all. But a careful examination and review of a patient’s work and life history often reveals exposure to asbestos products that may not have been apparent at first.

A Patient's Guide to Mesothelioma

A Patient's Guide to Mesothelioma.
This Book can Answer your Medical and Legal Questions.

Joseph Belluck wrote A Patient's Guide to Mesothelioma in the efforts to help people make informed choices about their medical care and legal rights. Belluck & Fox has helped thousands of people affected by asbestos related illnesses since their foundation in 2002.

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Joseph Belluck discusses why some occupations are at risk of being exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases generally occur in individuals who worked with asbestos. Factory workers, shipyard workers, people who worked in chemical and paper factories, tradesmen, carpenters, electricians, floor tile installers.

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