Asbestos is a group of six types of naturally occurring minerals; actinolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, amosite, crocidolite and chrysotile. All six of these types of minerals are odorless and tasteless so asbestos can be hard to detect.
Types of Asbestos:
- Serpentine – includes chrysotile
- Amphibole – includes actinolite, tremolite, anthophyllite, amosite and crocidolite
Asbestos was once recognized for its heat resistance, super strength, and heavy duty insulating properties. It was widely used in commercial projects throughout the U.S. due to its flexibility to be combined with other elements.
Asbestos can be found in:
- floor tiles
- HVAC duct connectors
- window caulking
- textured paint
Exposure to asbestos has been proven to cause many serious health conditions such as mesothelioma; a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, and asbestosis; scarring of the lungs. It has also been linked to laryngeal cancer, ovarian cancer, kidney cancer and gastrointestinal cancers such as stomach, colon and rectal. It is very important to know the risks of asbestos exposure. If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos, call a doctor right away to learn how to protect yourself through medical monitoring.