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Asbestos and Your Home

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and contrary to popular belief, has not been banned.  It is still used today, and many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in the walls, roofing, and flooring.

Hillsville area homeowners must be careful when dealing with asbestos.  Asbestos is known to cause cancer and asbestosis.  It was employed in drywall, floor and ceiling tile, insulation, construction mastics, HVAC ducts, boilers, pipes, and automobile brakes.

Removing asbestos is dangerous and should be done only when absolutely necessary because the disturbed asbestos can release airborne fibers.  Inhaling asbestos fibers can result in the cancer mesothelioma.  Only qualified professionals should remove asbestos. (click here to read more)

The most common form of this cancer is the pleural form, in which the tumor grows on the inside of the pleural cavity that houses the lungs.  This can be a difficult disease for doctors to diagnose, because its symptoms are similar to those of pneumonia or bronchitis.  Another obstacle to determining someone has this disease is the long “latency period”.  It often doesn’t show up for decades after the person has been exposed to asbestos dust. (Click here to read more)

The Environmental Protection Agency website has details on both naturally occurring asbestos and asbestos in the home.  Click on links below to read information.
       Asbestos in Your Home                                        Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA)

Mesothelioma Caused By Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma & Firefighters

For more information on the dangers of asbestos exposure, visit the links above which was provided by
Ruby Cartagena, cancer information coordinator for Mesothelioma Web.
Normal Lung AnatomyNormal Lung Anatomy that is infected with Mesothelioma
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