Before 1980, numerous products containing asbestos were used to build this nation including HiTemp Insulating Cement.
Unfortunately, asbestos is very deadly. In fact, asbestos has killed over 200,000 Americans alone in the past 30 years. And not only that, but medical professionals predict that by the year 2050 more than 30 million people worldwide will have died from illnesses that were linked directly to asbestos.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber and has been banned from many products and voluntarily removed from others since the discovery of the many dangers of this product, including the respiratory disease and lung cancer that it can cause. The EPA officially banned asbestos in 1989. Asbestos fibers can get into the air when it is disturbed and it lodges itself permanently into your lungs.
Even though asbestos is a natural resource, a mineral taken directly from the earth, it has been proven to cause mesothelioma in humans and other animals. These jagged fibers become problematic when they are ingested or swallowed.
The asbestos fibers entrench themselves in the soft tissues surrounding your lungs, heart, or stomach, and over a period of time mesothelioma develops as the tissue begins to mutate. Unfortunately, symptoms associated with mesothelioma don’t reveal themselves until the tumors have gotten so big that they disrupt your vital organ, and by that time, the Mesothelioma cells will have traveled to many parts of the body, spreading cancer everywhere.
Other Health Issues Associated with Asbestos Include:
- Pleural plaques
- Scarring of lung tissue also called asbestosis
- Lung cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Colon cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Vocal chord cancer
- Kidney cancer
Symptoms of Asbestos Include:
- Persistent cough that won’t go away
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Pain in your chest or abdomen
- You have a hard time swallowing
- Chronic sore throat
- Significant weight loss
People who have a history of asbestos exposure should know that smoking could increase your risk factors. If you work with HiTemp Insulating Cement and are concerned that you may have been exposed to asbestos, you should consult with a medical professional.