Asbestos exposure is best avoided, as exposure to the natural but harmful component can lead to the development of the type of cancer affecting the lining of the organs, mesothelioma. A very dangerous type of cancer, mesothelioma can occur years after the initial exposure to the asbestos has occurred, causing the disease to already become symptomatic in the body before the person realizes that they are suffering from mesothelioma.
Asbestos symptoms can vary from persistent coughing to symptoms that can include bumps through the chest that are caused from the build-up of fluid throughout the lungs. It is important to learn about the symptoms and consider any of the symptoms, as well as determining whether you have been potentially exposed to asbestos in the past.
The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of mesothelioma, a dangerous type of cancer. There are three types of mesothelioma that can occur, but the most common type of mesothelioma is caused by inhaling the fibers that are created from the asbestos, leading to a type of mesothelioma that affects the lining of the lungs. The second most common type of asbestos exposure occurs when the fibers are ingested; causing the lining of the organs in the abdomen to become affected and the third type of mesothelioma is unknown in its cause and somehow affects the lining of the heart, one of the most severe types of mesothelioma.
Who is Susceptible to Asbestos Exposure?
Prior to the early 1980s, builders and other people that were working in industries were unaware of the dangers that came from being exposed to asbestos. Building professionals, health care professionals and even workers were unaware of the fact that exposure to the asbestos through inhalation or ingestion can lead to mesothelioma years later.
Workers that had been working around building products, in factories with steel or even those people that were involved in renovating their home may have been exposed to asbestos. Unfortunately, the symptoms do not appear for up to decades later in the case that the individual is suffering from mesothelioma and therefore the people exposed often succumbed to the disease without even being aware that they had been exposed.
In the case that you were involved in one of these industries before the asbestos became regulated and proper protection had been worn
How to Test for Asbestos Exposure
The best way to ensure that the exposure to the asbestos has not affected the organs is to make use of the diagnostic imaging technology that is available. Diagnostic imaging technology can help to determine whether there is any damage to the lining of the organs and in conjunction with other types of medical testing, early diagnosis of the exposure is the ideal way to create a treatment plan that is going to be most effective throughout the healing process.
Testing for asbestos exposure in the body is essential after potential exposure, even years later, but it is important to also test the areas that are being worked in through factories and in the home for asbestos, to ensure that you are not exposed and inhaling or ingesting the fibers that can cause mesothelioma to occur.
For use in the home, there are many at-home asbestos testing kits that can be used to determine whether asbestos is present in the building supplies that are used in the home. These testing kits can be an effective way to determine whether professional help is required to ‘cleanse’ the home of the asbestos to ensure that it remains a safe place to live, but also a safe place to complete renovations in the home.
There are many commercial testing companies that are available for factories and work sites that want to ensure the safety of the employees that are working in the area. These commercial testing companies not only have the supplies and the knowledge needed to test the various facilities, especially those that are working with natural asbestos, but also have the ability to create a plan that is going to be used to remove the asbestos from the workplace to ensure the safety of the people that are working in the area.
Preventing Exposure to Asbestos
The only way to ensure that you are able to remain safe from mesothelioma is to ensure that you can reduce the exposure to asbestos, avoiding the exposure if at all possible. Avoiding the asbestos exposure is essential through the use of masks while working on equipment or buildings that were created before the dangers of asbestos were learned.
In addition, proper testing of the areas that were being worked on can be an effective way to protect you from the exposure to asbestos. Testing of the environments that are being worked in is the most effective way to ensure that exposure is not experienced and that everyone working in the environment is able to remain safe.