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The Health Risks of Asbestos

The official ban of asbestos use in the UK was a result of many cases of life threatening illnesses which occurred after long-term exposure to the dangerous mineral. Due to its size, asbestos fibres can be inhaled easily and settle on the lungs. According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), asbestos is responsible for over 5,000 deaths every year. AAR Environmental has detailed three illnesses in order to illustrate the ever-present health risks of asbestos still around today.

Lung cancer
Lung cancer from asbestos exposure is a rarer form of the cancer which was first connected to the mineral in 1935. Similar to mesotheliomas, there are a number of reasons as to why one could develop lung cancer from asbestos. Age, the duration of exposure, smoking habits, and size of asbestos fibre will all affect how likely developing lung cancer will be upon prolonged exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma
An extremely rare cancer which is scarcely seen in domestic cases, mesotheliomas was misdiagnosed for years until its connection to asbestos was made. Those at risk of having the life-threatening illness are likely to be in the construction industry, such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians. Famous actor Steve McQueen passed away in 1980 after suffering from mesothelioma, due in part to his work within the US Navy.

Asbestosis
Asbestosis is one of the health risks of asbestos which is not technically a cancer, but instead a chronic lung disease which causes scar-like tissue to forms in the lungs. The buildup of tissue can lead to breathing difficulties and chest pain. Asbestosis often takes years to fully surface after prolonged exposure to asbestos.

If you are concerned about asbestos that may be present in your home or business, it is in your interest to get in contact with an expert asbestos removal firm to ensure that you are not exposed to the health risks of asbestos. AAR Environmental can provide an on-site survey to professionally establish what service you will need in order to maintain a safe space for your family or your employees. Give the team a call today at 01923 260 043 for further information.