Asbestos and mesothelioma Relations

Thursday, April 28, 2011 ·

Asbestos consists of very fine silicate fibers. Asbestos is used because it has many good qualities, such as can not be burned, both for electrical isolation, no rot, has a mechanical strength, and easily mixed with inorganic and organic solvents.

During this time asbestos was used in a 3000 products, including flooring materials, asbestos-cement plates, chemical building materials, textiles, brake and clutch lining.

The effect on health depends on the size of the fiber (length <5 / 1000 mm, diameter <3 / 1000 mm).

Asbestos can cause chronic lung disease (asbestose), lung cancer, and mesothelioma (lining of the chest and abdominal tumor). Duration of time between contacts of asbestos until the disease appears is between 20-40 years. The more young people, the longer the loading of asbestos and the higher the concentration, so the higher the risk of occurrence of the disease.

The concentration of asbestos in the air is highest when working with asbestos-containing materials (eg, repair or demolition).

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