Q: What is asbestos and why is it so dangerous?
A: Asbestos is a mineral that was used in a range of products and building projects up until the late 1970s. Its heat and fire resistance made it a popular material until its dangers became apparent. Asbestos fibers are microscopically small but can cause serious — even fatal — health risks. Asbestos is known to cause a variety of medical conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, colon cancer and asbestosis.
Q: Who can be harmed by asbestos exposure?
A: People who have worked in industrial settings may have had frequent, long-term exposure to asbestos, and often experience the adverse effects. However, it does not take extreme exposure to experience complications. These workers can also bring home asbestos fibers on their work clothes, leading to health problems for their loved ones as well. People who live or work near asbestos-containing sites are also at risk.
Q: How do I know if I have been exposed to asbestos?
A: Because asbestos fibers are so small, they cannot be detected with a simple X-ray. However, an X-ray can identify symptoms of certain lung diseases caused by exposure. When in doubt, it is always wise to see a doctor.
Q: What should I do if I have been exposed to asbestos?
A: Most importantly, see a doctor with particular knowledge about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases as soon as possible. He or she will likely conduct an X-ray, a breathing test and a review of your medical and work history. It is also wise to contact an attorney to see if you may have a claim for asbestos-related injuries.
Q: How long does it take to experience symptoms of asbestos-related diseases?
A: Asbestos exposure may not cause any problems for months, years or decades. Many mesothelioma patients are not diagnosed until 30 years or more after asbestos exposure. Even if you have not experienced symptoms, it is wise to see a doctor to get a baseline evaluation of your health in the event that symptoms develop in the future.
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