Asbestos Related Diseases
-Asbestos is a family of naturally occurring silicate minerals
- from the Greek word meaning inextinguishable
-There are three commonly available types of asbestos
1) chrysotile (white asbestos)
2) amosite (brown asbestos)
3) crocidolite (blue asbestos)
The blue fibrous asbestos
-composed of long, thin fibrous crystal
-exploited commercially because of its:
1) sound absorption
2) tensile strength
3) resistance to heat
4) resistance to electricity
5) resistance to chemical
-Asbestos materials in good condition are safe unless asbestos fibers become airborne and inhaled and accumulated in the lung.
-The lung expel them because of its size.
-They are sharp and can penetrate tissue.
-Asbestos is found most commonly in older homes which contain asbestos containing products.
3) roof shingles
5) textured paints
6) coating materials
7) floor tiles.
-Most current victim suffered from asbestos related diseases were once exposed to asbestos in
4) Homes with asbestos, either in the process of carrying, installing, or removing asbestos, or while cleaning items laden with asbestos dust.
-While those who works at the following area are of high risk as well
1) automotive repair
5) launderers of asbestos-containing clothing
- Below are diseases related to asbestos
- a scarring of the lung tissue from an acid produced by the body's attempt to dissolve the asbestos fibers.
- The scarring may eventually become so severe that the lungs can no longer function. - -- The latency period (meaning the time it takes for the disease to develop) is often 10–20 years.
- The clinical symptoms usually include slowly progressing shortness of breath and cough
- Other indications of...