Asbestos is a natural occurring mineral comprised of six silicate-crystals. They are found in long, thin, and fibrous. You can find asbestos in rock and other minerals, most notably, vermiculite. Asbestos is primarily used as a fire-retardant insulator for items such as brake-linings, and home insulation. Many homes built prior to 1980 contained asbestos in floor tiles, boilers, ducts, pipes, and in sheet rock.
Exposure to the asbestos happens when the fibers are disturbed such as in home-renovations. Even simple applications such as drilling or patching a wall can result in the disturbance of asbestos. The fibers float through the air and can be inhaled easily without knowledge. The most common three areas of asbestos exposure are:
- Job or Occupation Related Asbestos Exposure
- Transfer or Secondhand Asbestos Exposure
- Organic (Natural) Unrealized Asbestos Exposure
A significant portion of mesothelioma cases can be traced directly back to asbestos exposure. Researchers continue to try and identify the exact link between asbestos exposure and malignant hart cancer. Studies determine that there is a connection between the inhaled fibers and their ability to reach the heart cavity.