ASBESTOS AND YOU July 22, 2009 crizlai Asbestos is TOXIC! That’s what many people would know and the thought of mesothelioma, an asbestos caused cancer, would send many scrambling for a safer hideout. What do you know about mesothelioma then? The only known cause of mesothelioma is through a long term exposure to the fibers found in asbestos. The material was found to be highly hazardous to the human health as it affects the membranes that surround the lungs and the lining of the abdomen. It would normally be too late when diagnosed with this type of cancer as the remaining life span would be between 1-5 years. The extrapolated incidence of mesothelioma throughout the world could be real high with China, India and USA claiming the top 3 spots. Asbestos may have been banned in many countries but many could not avoid using it as its uses remained quite irreplaceable. Asbestos has good sound absorption qualities, tensile strength and is also resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage. The three most common forms of asbestos are chrysotile, amosite, and crocidolite. Chrysotile or white asbestos accounts for approximately 90-95% of the asbestos used in US production of asbestos products. Of the 3 forms of industrial asbestos, amosite has been found to be the most hazardous asbestos mineral. Amosite has a straight, hollow, minute and feather-like fiber structure and can stay almost invisible to the human eyes and airborne for up to 72 hours. Although asbestos has been recycled to be made into harmless glass, porcelain stoneware tiles, porous single-fired wall tiles and ceramic bricks, it is best that we do not use such material at all for the sake of the health of our loved ones. I'm thirsty for a drink now. Would you be kind enough to treat me?