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Why Was Asbestos Used If It Was Dangerous?

Why Was Asbestos Used If It Was Dangerous?

Asbestos, a toxic silicate material that is known to cause mesothelioma, has been in use for millennia. Now, however, the dangerous properties of asbestos are well-known and the material is strictly regulated. Learn more about how and why asbestos was used before the 1970s–and still remains in some locations today. Why Was Asbestos Valued? While the use of asbestos has been traced back to...

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How Soon After Asbestos Exposure Should I See a Doctor?

How Soon After Asbestos Exposure Should I See a Doctor?

Mesothelioma is quite unique among cancers in that it has an extremely long latency period, which is the amount of time that elapses from exposure to the main causal factor (asbestos) and the presentation of symptoms. This latency period can last up to 40 years or more, which means that someone exposed to asbestos 40 years ago may not show any symptoms of mesothelioma until today. Often, this...

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What Does Asbestos Look Like?

What Does Asbestos Look Like?

Most people understand that asbestos is toxic and should be avoided. However, not everyone knows what asbestos looks like in order to avoid it. While most buildings that contain asbestos are clearly marked as such, some workers may get exposed to asbestos unexpectedly while on a job site. Below, we discuss how to identify asbestos so you can protect your health. How to Identify Asbestos There...

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