In What Ways Asbestos Enters The Body
It is really difficult to know whether someone has been exposed to asbestos because asbestos has an incredibly long latency period.
It takes several years, in some cases decades, for a person to develop serious health complications after being exposed to asbestos. There are several health complications that have been associated with asbestos exposure, which includes
- Lung cancer
- Laryngeal cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
All of these diseases are deadly and currently, have no cure. Therefore, it is important for every home and business owner to understand the risks of asbestos exposure and take appropriate measures to minimize the chances of exposure.
Here are some ways in which asbestos enters the body:
Asbestos fibers can be ingested either through drinking or eating, however, drinking is more common.
Asbestos is commonly found in water because pipes often had asbestos added to them for durability. So if your plumbing system is quite old, there are high chances of asbestos being present in your water. If you drink tap water, your family members are at risk of ingesting asbestos fibers.
Similarly, asbestos fibers can also find their way into your food. If there is deteriorating asbestos material in your kitchens, such as tiles or insulations, then airborne fibers can lodge themselves in your food items and then make their way into your mouth.
Inhalation is the most common way asbestos fibers enter the body. Since asbestos fibers are microscopic in nature, they are easy to inhale. Once inhaled, they lodge themselves into the lungs and cause cell mutation leading to cancer.
Inhalation of asbestos fibers can happen in homes that are being renovated. There are also some professions that are more at risk of inhaling asbestos fibers than others. These professions include construction workers, miners, shipyard workers, military personnel, asbestos removal workers and any other industrial workers who have to deal with asbestos on a daily basis.
Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, is mainly caused by asbestos inhalation, and military veterans are the ones that make up the highest number of patients.
There could be other ways in which asbestos could enter the body, but still unknown.
For example, ovarian cancer has been found in women whose husbands work with asbestos. However, it is still not known how the asbestos fibers reach the ovaries and cause cancer. More studies are still required to find out how exactly asbestos enters the body of women.
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