Recently a neighbor of mine asked me to explain the dangers of asbestos exposure to her. I told her that asbestos has been linked to Mesothelioma cancer and exposure to it is very dangerous. Asbestos is a material used in construction. If it is fitted tightly into a product, such as house siding or floor tiles, there are no health risks.
However, it poses health problems when fibers are present in the air that we breathe. Exposure can affect your health if you have been exposed to it for a long time, how often, the size of the fibers, etc. If inhaled several times, it can cause a scarring on your lungs, making it difficult to breathe. The most dangerous risk is the chance of Mesothelioma, a rare cancer on the chest or abdominal cavity. A smoker who has inhaled asbestos increases their risk of lung cancer.
I told my neighbor that if she or someone she knows has been exposed, she has legal rights and an experienced personal injury attorney in asbestos lawsuits can help. Treatment for Mesothelioma is very expensive.