What Are the Health Risks Associated With Asbestos Exposure?

Exposure to asbestos poses significant health risks, primarily affecting the lungs and respiratory system. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to several serious health conditions, including mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Additionally, asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing lung cancer, particularly in smokers, and can cause other lung diseases, such as asbestosis, characterized by scarring of lung tissue, leading to breathing difficulties and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. These health risks highlight the importance of understanding the dangers of asbestos and implementing measures to prevent exposure, both in occupational settings and during activities such as the renovation or demolition of buildings containing asbestos materials.