Asbestos Exposure Comes from Many Sources
The typical perception of asbestos exposure is of people who are exposed over long periods of time in very specific industrial settings. While it’s certainly true that the majority of patients diagnosed with asbestosis, mesothelioma or cancer from asbestos usually have worked in asbestos related occupations for a number of years, this isn’t the one source of exposure.
Asbestos Exposure Isn’t Always a Result of Asbestos Jobs
Exposure to asbestos in the past has often been found in the most unlikely of places. For instance, hand-held hair dryers used asbestos in them for years to prevent overheating of the heating element. As a result, millions of women were exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. While this didn’t happen for hours at a time, it was still very dangerous because the exposure was repeated and the fibers and particles were being actively shed and dispersed into the air every time the appliances were used. Finally, the asbestos was concentrated exactly where it was most dangerous – near the face, where inhaling the particles was inevitable. (Also read The Link between 9/11 and Asbestos Cancer)
Damage Resulting from Asbestos Exposure Affected by Several Factors
Hair dryers can no longer be made with asbestos in them, but their use as recently as the early 1980s illustrates some of the various conditions that determine just how detrimental exposure to asbestos may or may not be depending on several factors. There are several things that affect how potent exposure to asbestos is in any given situation:
Exposure to asbestos in any way, shape or form has the potential to permanently damage your health. To determine if your pulmonary disease symptoms are a result of asbestos related occupations or exposure from some unexpected source, be sure to talk to your doctor. Asbestos exposure causes debilitating, sometimes fatal, complications and you have the right to know.
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