Did you know that there are a variety of every day materials and products that contain asbestos? It’s true, and you might not even know that you are being exposed to asbestos. There are numerous products associated with asbestos exposure, including ASB weatherproof jackets.
If you’ve worn an ASB weatherproof jacket, then you should know that the easiest way for asbestos fibers to get into your body is through breathing. In fact, material that contains asbestos is not normally considered to be harmful unless dust or fibers have been released into the air, where they can be inhaled or ingested. These fibers can become trapped in the mucous membranes of the nose and throat, where they can then be removed. Some, however, have the capacity to pass deep into the lungs, or, if swallowed, into the digestive tract. Once they are trapped in your body, the fibers can cause health problems.
Exposure to any form of asbestos can cause the following health problems:
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos, you should know that it could take years for health problems or diseases to develop. Typically it can take 15 or more years for lung cancer or asbestosis to progress. If you are a smoker and you’ve been exposed to asbestos, you have a higher risk for getting lung cancer than nonsmokers who have been exposed.
If you have been exposed to high concentrations of asbestos, for long periods of time, and/or have been exposed frequently, you have a greater chance of developing an asbestos related disorder. Even after exposure to asbestos has stopped, health effects can continue to progress.
Risk factors include the length of time that you were exposed to asbestos, as well as how often you were exposed. The size, shape and chemical makeup of the asbestos fibers also play a key role in health issues. Long and thin fibers can reach the lower airways and alveolar regions of the lung; these particles stay in the lung longer, and are more toxic than short and wide fibers or particles. In most cases, the wide particles are deposited in the upper respiratory tract, and do not reach the lung and pleura, the sites of asbestos-induced toxicity. So, if you’ve worn an ASB weatherproof jacket, and are concerned about exposure to asbestos, you should schedule an appointment for screening with your doctor today.