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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

Postby Meir » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:33 am

Asbestos fibers easily become airborne, and they lodge in people's lungs, where they can cause cellular damage that can lead to cancers such as mesothelioma.
The fibers are very small, around 60 nanometers in diameter, which is on the same scale as chromosomes.
It is theorized (but not conclusively proven) that the fibers in the lungs can enter cells, interfere with cell division, and cause genes to replicate improperly, which leads to mutations that potentially result in cancerous cells being produced.
Other possible results of asbestos exposure include the scarring-related illnesses that other contributors have already described.
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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

Postby Halden » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:34 am

Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. For these reasons, asbestos has been used widely in many industries.

Chemically, asbestos minerals are silicate compounds, meaning they contain atoms of silicon and oxygen in their molecular structure.

People may be exposed to asbestos in their workplace, their communities, or their homes. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can affect breathing and lead to serious health problems.

Asbestos has been classified as a known human carcinogen (a substance that causes cancer) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Studies have shown that exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma (a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen). Although rare, mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure. In addition to lung cancer and mesothelioma, some studies have suggested an association between asbestos exposure and gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as an elevated risk for cancers of the throat, kidney, esophagus, and gallbladder (3, 4). However, the evidence is inconclusive.

Asbestos exposure may also increase the risk of asbestosis (an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage) and other nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders, including pleural plaques (changes in the membranes surrounding the lung), pleural thickening, and benign pleural effusions (abnormal collections of fluid between the thin layers of tissue lining the lungs and the wall of the chest cavity). Although pleural plaques are not precursors to lung cancer, evidence suggests that people with pleural disease caused by exposure to asbestos may be at increased risk for lung cancer.
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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

Postby Korrigan » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:36 am

The dust particles are very sharp and jagged and gut stuck in the soft tissue in the lungs and airway. This causes inflammation and then the immune system scars it over to because it can't get rid of it. This scarring is what becomes the big problem(pulmonary fibrosis) and will eventually lead to more compounded problems as the lungs lose their elasticity and ability to contract(exhale)
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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

Postby carrick » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:37 am

Asbestos fibres, resistant to heat, fire and chemicals, were widely used in construction and insulation before being linked to asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and other cancers. Tiny asbestos fibers can pollute the atmosphere, Water and food. The Asbestos Products contain large quantities of asbestos fibers. These tiny asbestos fibers against the human body through the respiratory and digestive tract. However, asbestos powder is carcinogenic and may pollute the environment during the process of producing and using. Air pollution, exposure to radon, and occupational exposure to asbestos hae all been implicated in lung cancer risk. Its high face activities can on the one hand be utilized to control environmental pollution, but on the other hand bring about fatal threat to human beings by resulting in asbestos lung and cancers. Asbestos fibers against the human body, mainly the lungs, pleura and peritoneum, followed by gastric.

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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

Postby Chatham » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:38 am

Asbestos is dangerous because it has been known to cause cancer and death amongst people.
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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

Postby Carmine » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:43 am

Why Is Asbestos Dangerous
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What Is It About Asbestos That Makes It So Dangerous?

Postby Elazar » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:44 am

thanks everyone for the answers.
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Postby Wareine » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:45 am

Mesothelioma...my grandpa who died a couple years ago was a carpenter and a smoker from 8-55...he lived until 78 but his breathing was labored...he wasnt active because his knees were shot from carpentry but it could lead to respiratory illness..I dont know if it can cause emphysema but it can basically cause breathing difficulties. I dont think it can cause cancer but Im not entirely sure.
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Postby Adnot » Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:51 am

When asbestos is disturbed, it breaks into millions of tiny, needle-shaped pieces that become airborne. If inhaled, the asbestos fibers can become lodged in lung tissue, causing a condition called asbestosis. Worse, the fibers can also cause cancer of the lining of the lung, called mesothelioma. I read an article that says the effects of asbestos exposure can take decades to manifest. If you want to learn more about asbestos you can visit :-http://baronandbudd.com/legal_services/mesothelioma_asbestos/what_is_asbestos and here you can also learn a number of other diseases can also be caused by asbestos exposure

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