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Asbestos And Related Illness

By Paul Myers

Contact with Asbestos in some industries in years gone by was seen as just ‘part of the job’. For many people, predominantly males, handling Asbestos was a common occurrence with workers regularly using the material without ever knowing that one day the material would be regarded as dangerous to human health.

What exactly is Asbestos? It is actually a natural material formed by silica compounds which are similar to, but not the same as a type of silica found in glass and computer components. There are three main types of Asbestos materials in use; white Asbestos (Chrysotile), brown Asbestos (Amosite) and blue Asbestos (Crocidolite). All of the commonly available commercial forms of asbestos have been linked to cancerous and non-cancerous lung disease.

Lung disease from exposure to asbestos can be divided into three main types:

Pleura, hardens the lung and ‘calcifies’ or thickens the lungs lining tissue.

Asbestosis, this is where the Asbestos particles, once breathed into the lung, creates widespread scarring.

Asbestosis, this is where the Asbestos particles, once breathed into the lung, creates widespread scarring.

Asbestos related illnesses have occurred at alarmingly high rates towards the end of the 20th century, the patients were predominantly retired or of retiring age and had been exposed decades earlier when working in conditions where they were repeatedly exposed to Asbestos, such as mines, mills, factories or construction and plumbing.

The volume of Asbestos related deaths has unfortunately continued to rise, although it is believed this has now hit a top limit, which is in part due to the protective clothing worn when handling the material, and the material no longer being used in construction.

The delay between exposure to asbestos and the development of cancer is generally 20 or more years.

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