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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
60 years experience Family Medicine
Small fibers: Small fibers. Asbestos used to be recognized as an ingredient in things like brake linings, wraping for heating and air cond. Pipes in the home and w ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Asbestos fibers: Here is a photograph: http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=asbestos+&qs=n&form=qbir&pq=asbestos+&sc=8-9&sp=-1&sk=#view=detail&id=983681ad4a16e02404f0e9 ... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Ross
Dr. Troy Ross answered
24 years experience Occupational Medicine
Natural rocks: Asbestos is a type of soft rock. There are many types of naturally occurring asbestos, and they are used in many commercial applications. Unfortunatel ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
10 years experience Family Medicine
It is mined: Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined, much like gold, copper and coal. It is composed largely of silicon and has been used for ever ... Read More
Dr. Susan Rhoads
38 years experience Family Medicine
Depends on country: Asbestos includes 6 different mineral types, gained by mining for it. It was primarily used in house and building construction until laws regulating ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
60 years experience Family Medicine
Asbestos danger: The major danger is inhaling small fibers of asbetos which can be trapped in the lung tissue and cause severe disease such as cancer of the lung.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Ghani
24 years experience Radiology
Asbestos: Is a mineral fiber that has been used commonly in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strengt ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Leave it be: If there's asbestos in your home or school, don't stir it up and it won't hurt you. Inhaled at work, it is extremely dangerous, causing lung fibrosis ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Over hyped: Long term (many years) exposure to airborne asbestos can lead to chronic lung disease and a rare tumor: mesothelioma. Most asbestos is used in insula ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: In the old days, companies allowed workers to inhale a lot of the stuff and there's no question these caused fibrosis of the lungs ("asbestosis"), mes ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Darby
28 years experience Occupational Medicine
Depends on the type.: The are various types of asbestos, depending on the chemical makeup and fiber size/shape. Some types seem to be more harmful than others, but all type ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Dangerous insulation: This is a naturally-occurring mineral that is a great insulator. Everyone's lungs contain a few particles, but if they are inhaled in large quantities ... Read More

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