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About Asbestos

Asbestos exposure is one of the leading causes of workplace related injury that, sadly, has resulted in the development of asbestos mesothelioma or asbestosis for many individuals who unknowingly came in contact with asbestos fibers on the job.

Because the nature of asbestos mesothelioma and asbestosis is such that these diseases do not typically show up until many years after someone has been exposed to asbestos fibers, it is often difficult to track down where the asbestos exposure occurred once there has been an asbestos mesothelioma diagnosis.

Asbestos is a highly fibrous mineral that is found nearly worldwide. The most common forms of asbestos are Chrysotile (white), Amosite (brown) and Crocidolite (blue). Its heat-resistant and fire-retardant properties, along with its binding qualities, versitality and cost-effectiveness, made it popular in insulation, drywall tape, gaskets, brake shoes, certain household products, numerous other products.

Asbestos awareness—knowing what asbestos is, the places where asbestos exists or has existed, and how or by whom it's used—is important to understanding what your asbestos exposure risk is and what your risk for developing asbestos disease might be. The Health Effects of Asbestos website provides asbestos information to help asbestos victims and their families stay on top of the latest asbestos news--including asbestos lawsuits, asbestos settlements, information about asbestos disease and additional asbestos-related resources to help those in need.

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