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What Types Of Conditions Should Make Me Worried About Asbestos Exposure
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. ...Read more
Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more
How old is your home: If your live in a fairly new home, there is likely not any asbestos in it. Environmental regulations and building codes have largely eliminated asbestos from building materials in the US. Some places where it might still be there include sheet rock, floor tiles and the heat shielding in the backs of some light fixtures. These things have to be damaged and shedding dust to be a problem. ...Read more
Best noninvasive test for mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure daily for a year in 1980. Dry cough and some sob on exertion. Think CT negative. Worried?
Mesothelioma : though only 2500-3000 cases and a rare cancer in US, the most cases found were 1970-1984 after wwII and shipyard asbestos exposure. Distinguishing mesothelioma from lung adenocarcinoma is difficult. Tissue biopsy is the definitive diagnosis, and CT, MRI, and PET scans are mostly noninvasive for staging the extent of disease once diagnosed. Try mesobook.com and good luck! ...Read more
Depends upon type: Asbestos is a long term problem when absorbed into the lung and body as airborne particulates. Asbestos in solid form is not harmful and is best left alone or painted over. It takes lengthy exposure to get the problems of mesothelioma and lung cancer and it depends upon the type of asbestos as well. If you have to deal with asbestos, wear protective gear. ...Read more
Typically none: There usually are no symptoms from asbestos exposure until long after permanent damage is done. The small asbestos fibers get lodged in the lung tissues and over time they cause damage that leads to breathing problems. Before there are any symptoms changes can be seen on chest xrays. So it is important to be evaluated by a doctor familiar with this condition (pulmonogist or occupational doctor). ...Read more
None.: There are no immediate symptoms of asbestos exposure unless the exposure was so overwhelming as to cause irritation to the air passages but this is an irritant effect from the physical "dust" and could include cough and phlegm production. The serious symptoms and signs of asbestos exposure occur years after exposure, at least 15 years later. Shortness of breath is the classic symptom. ...Read more
I've purchased a full-mask respirator as a precaution from asbestos exposure. Is there anything else I need?
Clothing: Asbestos can cling to clothing; if you are working around broken asbestos or asbestos dust, it is worthwhile wearing full hazardous material protective clothing. Any work around broken or damaged asbestos is best done by professionals trained in this work. The consequences of asbestosis (such as COPD or cancer) are not worth the risk to a non-professional in my opinion. ...Read more
What are the risk of childhood asbestos exposure? I was exposed to asbestos as a child. I'm now a middle-aged adult. Is there a risk i'll develop cancer?
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