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A 24-year-old male asked:

do people get asbestos related disease from asbestos in the home? like popcorn ceilings.or do only workers exposed to extremely high amounts get sick?

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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Asbestos disease: The popcorn ceilings are not asbestos.Asbestos was used for insulation, mostly in factories and ships. Pts that end up with diseases related to exposure have worked very closely with it. Most have also smoked so the lung cancer could be from the TOB as well. Mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos...sometimes you can even find the fibers in the cancer specimen.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Are carcinoid tumors linked to asbestos?

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
No: There is no relationship between carcinoids and asbestos.
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Dr. Ed Kaplan commented
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
This is not necessarily true. Traditional thinking has it that carcinoid has no environmental cause. However, a Frenc retrospective study of pts with carcinoid tumors showed a statistically significant increase in asbestos exposure compared to controls. "This study argues in favor of a relationship between asbestos exposure and certain pulmonary carcinoid tumors." Ann Occup Hyg. 2012 Aug; 56(7): 7
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Should I be worried about exposure to asbestos while i'm at work?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Asbestos: Yes. See your health officals at work to ask if you have exposure to asbestos or any other dangerous environmental toxins.
A 27-year-old member asked:

What does minor exposure to asbestos mean?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
No good definition.: There's no quantifiable definition for a "minor exposure" to asbestos. I'd take it to mean contact with clothing, hair or skin of another person that has come into contact with asbestos. Traditionally, the spouses and children of those who've had asbestos exposure and contact through their clothes, we say have had minor (but still significant) exposure.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What types of conditions should make me worried about asbestos exposure?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Varies: Asbestos is generally found in older buildings in heating systems and vents, ceiling tiles and "popcorn" ceilings, and some types of flooring. Exposure is only a concern when these areas are being removed or demolished. This must be done only by individuals certified to remove these materials.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Does that popcorn ceiling contain asbestos and will it be bad for my baby?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jonesanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Maybe: Some popcorn ceilings that were applied before the 1977 ban do contain asbestos. Asbestos is typically only harmful if the material is allowed to release into the air - such as during removal processes. Because it is potentially harmful if inhaled you should contact a local home inspector for information on how to address the situation and if your particular situation poses a risk.

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