Range of articles describing, investigating and exploring asbestos in history, its uses and its detrimental effect on our health.
| ||DIY Asbestos Removal |
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that was a popular construction material used in many homes from the 1940s through the mid-1980s in Australia. It provided strength and durability to products and had excellent insulation properties. However, asbestos can present health problems that lead to a rare and dangerous form of lung cancer, mesothelioma. It can also lead to asbestosis, a prolonged lung disease.
| ||Identifying Asbestos |
Identifying asbestos in the home or workplace for subsequent removal is not necessarily straightforward, but the chances are that if the building contains materials originating before the 1980's then there is a strong possibility that there will...
| ||Mesothelioma: Is There a Hope to Outlive This Illness? |
What Happens When a Person Has Mesothelioma? Mesothelioma derived its word from “mesothelium”; a term that refers to the outer covering of the body’s internal organs. This is where the cancer originates before it spreads or metastasize. Moreover, the anatomical part that is mostly affected is the outer covering of the lungs (pleura).
| ||Products Containing Asbestos |
Asbestos is a fibrous material that was common in the first three-quarters of the 20th century because it made materials stronger and more resistant to heat. It wasn’t until the 1950’s or later that products containing asbestos were determined to have negative health consequences. These consequences manifested as lung cancer, respiratory problems, mesothelioma, or asbestosis, or the scarring and formation of scar tissue in the lungs around inhaled asbestos fibers.
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