The safety of it in any form is debatable, but scientists all agree that it is dangerous in its friable form. It can cause many lung conditions such as:
- Pleural Thickening occurs after an extended exposure to it. The lining of the lungs (called the pleura) can thicken or swell up and cause shortness of breath and general discomfort.
- Mesothelioma, a type of cancer that affects the pleura and peritoneum (a lining in the lower digestive tract). Asbestos is the singular cause of this cancer. Only about 40% of affected people survive past one year and only about 10% of them survive for five years.
- Asbestosis is a condition in which the lungs becomes severely scarred with long-term, repeated exposure to it. People affected with the condition suffer from shortness of breath. It can be fatal in some cases.
Call a professional like American Restoration for asbestos removal immediately if you believe you have asbestos in your home. American Restoration has a great deal of experience with asbestos removal and will have you breathing safely before you know it.