The Health Risks Of Asbestos
Before the carcinogenic (cancer-causing) properties of asbestos were known, it was used in many industries including building and construction. The main uses were for strengthening cement and plastics, insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption. It was also used in ceiling and floor tiles, paints, and vermiculite-containing garden products.
Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?
When products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibres (of asbestos) get released into the air and may be breathed in. When this happens they can get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time causing individuals who have inhaled these fibres over prolonged periods to get very sick.
What are the health risks of asbestos?
- Asbestosis - a scarring of the lungs that makes breathing difficult
- Mesothelioma - an otherwise rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the larynx
- Ovarian cancer
- There is also evidence that asbestos can cause cancer of the pharynx and stomach
What to do if you have asbestos in your home or office?
While products containing asbestos do not release significant amounts of fibre under normal use, they can become a significant health hazard when they are cut or damaged. The only way to determine whether or not your home or business is safe is by scheduling an asbestos inspection. Based on the reports, the asbestos removal company can decide what needs to be cleaned out and which areas just need to be sealed.
Asbestos Environmental Of Canada (AEOC) sends certified asbestos inspectors to provide you with a definite answer and an effective asbestos removal plan. We can help restore clean indoor air once again.
Contact Asbestos Environmental today. Call 416-985-5025 or REQUEST AN ESTIMATE for a certified asbestos inspection.