Asbestos is a major hot topic across all media platforms. We all know it causes mesothelioma and lung cancer, but what else do we need to know? Asbestos is exceedingly hazardous to your health and can cause devastating illnesses. It is a silent killer. Colorado Hazardous Environmental has five facts that you should know about asbestos!

Asbestos Has Been Around For Centuries

Asbestos is not a new invention. It has been around for centuries and was used in pottery and textiles. Asbestos was found to cause illnesses early on, but the illnesses were not fully recognized until the 1980s. There is early documentation of kings and queens who became ill from asbestos fibers.

Asbestos Is Not Prohibited In the United States

As shocking as it sounds, asbestos is still imported into the United States in small quantities. It has not been entirely banned and could still be in some items you use regularly. We are still finding asbestos fibers in construction materials and car parts. The dangers of asbestos are still a real concern.

Asbestos Has Been Found In Newly Constructed Properties

Newer properties should not contain asbestos, but we see more and more businesses and residential homes with asbestos-containing materials present. Asbestos is still being used in construction materials. The quantities are small, but still enough to expose you and your family to asbestos.

Asbestos Grows Naturally

Asbestos grows naturally and is mined in other countries for use in materials. Miners and railroad workers were at high risk because of the naturally growing asbestos they came into contact with during a day’s work. Asbestos fibers are not a danger unless they are damaged.

Asbestos Exposure Symptoms Could Take Decades to Begin

There is no sure way to know if you have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos fibers stay dormant in your body and start to show symptoms decades later. Some illnesses have been shown to surface 60 years later.