Asbestos exposure is linked to mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis. All of the above are serious illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. Laws and regulations make it less likely that you become exposed to asbestos, but the threat is still there and will continue to be, as long as the United States does not ban asbestos. Colorado Hazardous Environmental gets many questions regarding asbestos and asbestos exposure. Below we will discuss a topic we get many questions about.
How Much Asbestos Exposure is Hazardous?
Any amount of asbestos exposure is dangerous and very hazardous to your health. Today, we are seeing children, young adults, women, and men being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses. Before, the population was generally men, showing illnesses related to asbestos. How has that changed over the last decade? Once, asbestos exposure was typically caused by work environments, usually blue-collar jobs, such as railroad workers, miners, and construction workers. Today, we are seeing school teachers, nurses, and other professions having asbestos illnesses. How is this possible, you may ask?
Asbestos was and is still being used in construction materials throughout the United States. Buildings and homes built in the 70s and 80s are more likely to contain asbestos. As these buildings and homes become older, materials begin to breakdown. This causes asbestos fibers to release into the air, where it can expose everyone in the area. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and will float through the air. Asbestos fibers can enter air ducts and affect many people in one building.
Unfortunately, no amount of asbestos is safe. One asbestos fiber can enter your mouth or nose and sit in your lungs or stomach for decades until you notice symptoms. You can not determine if you have been exposed to asbestos until symptoms begin to show. Asbestos exposure can cause major respiratory illnesses, cancer, and even death. If you believe your property has asbestos, contact a professional for an asbestos test!