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What is asbestos and what type of disease might cause?

Asbestos is a set of 6 fibrous minerals that naturally occur, having six primary sub-classifications (crocidolite, anthophyllite, chrysotile, actinolite, tremolite, amosite) of which chrysotile and amosite are the most common ones.

The asbestos fibers are very resistant to fire, most of the chemical reactions and breakdowns and, therefore, asbestos has been used for industrial and commercial purposes to create floor tiles, cement compounds, ceiling materials, automotive parts and even textile products.

However, asbestos is nowadays strictly regulated as it has been discovered that the exposure to this toxic mineral can lead to a series of respiratory diseases, even cancer.

Comments from doctors

  • Exposure to asbestos happens when someone swallows or inhales asbestos fibers.

  • Exposure to asbestos has been connected with the development of serious diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and other respiratory conditions.

  • Over the time, the asbestos fibers gather in the lungs and can cause inflammations and scarring. Therefore, the patient finds it difficult to breathe.

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