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What is asbestos, and why should I be careful around it?

We all know that asbestos is dangerous. Most of us know that it's used in a lot of industrial applications as well. What some Pennsylvania workers might not know, however, is that they're being exposed to asbestos in the air where they're working.

Usually, workers don't find out that they were exposed to asbestos in their careers until after it's too late to do anything about it. They find out because they've developed mesothelioma or some other fatal asbestos-caused disease. But what is asbestos, anyway? And why is it so dangerous to human health?

Although asbestos is a material found in numerous manmade materials, asbestos itself is not manmade. It's a naturally occurring mineral -- one of six fibrous minerals to be exact. The six varieties of asbestos include amosite, chrysotile, actinolite, tremolite, crocidolite and anthophyllite. The most frequently occurring are amosite and chrysotile asbestos.

The reason why asbestos is such a popular material in industry is because it's resistant to fire and very durable. It will resist most chemical reactions and for this reason, it's a very useful material as a fire retardant.

However, as is the case with many miracle products, asbestos has a very significant downside. If you inhale its dust particles, they will embed themselves in your lung tissues and cause a host of deadly diseases and conditions. In fact, asbestos is so dangerous in this regard that scientists and doctors agree: There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos-related diseases can manifest years -- and even decades -- after an individual's first exposure to the material. If you suspect that you have an asbestos-related disease in Pennsylvania, it's important for you to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You may also be able to seek financial claims related to your condition to collect money to pay for your medical treatments and care.

Source: mesothelioma.com, "What is asbestos," accessed May 12, 2017

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