Asbestos is known to be dangerous across the world. As soon as it is mentioned, people automatically know that it is something that should be avoided. However, not many people actually know why asbestos needs to be avoided and what exactly prolonged exposure can do to a person.
Although asbestos has been heavily regulated and is rarely ever used in building projects nowadays, the risk for being exposed to asbestos is still there. Many manufacturing companies still use products that contain asbestos, exposing them to their workers. Along with this, construction workers still run the risk of being exposed through their job from working improperly with asbestos contaminated demolition sites.
Its estimated by the United Kingdom government that over 5000 workers are killed from asbestos related diseases every year. Along with this, 20 tradesmen die every week as a result of past asbestos exposure.
Most of these workers and tradesmen are dying from the main asbestos related diseases and cancers, including mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, and pleural thickening.
Mesothelioma is the most dangerous form of lung cancer that is related to asbestos. It develops long after the prolonged asbestos exposure took place, and it is usually fatal by the time that it is diagnosed.
The less dangerous form of asbestos related lung cancer is just that, asbestos related lung cancer. This type of cancer, although less deadly, is still very damaging and devastating to contract.
Asbestosis is a disease that is caused by prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they travel into the lungs and lodge themselves deep into the lung tissue. When this happens, the lung tissue becomes scarred. Asbestosis can cause shortness of breath and is potentially fatal.
Pleural thickening is the last asbestos related disease. Pleural thickening is similar to asbestosis, but it is much more severe. It typically is only developed when someone has had prolonged and extremely heavy exposure to asbestos. The lining of the lung becomes so swollen and thickened that the lung is squeezed, and breathing becomes incredibly difficult.
Raising awareness about asbestos related diseases and cancers is incredibly important. Many of these diseases and cancers can be fatal, more education on them will help prevent asbestos related deaths.