The Health Risks of Asbestos Exposure
Because of its strength and its fire retardant properties, asbestos was once a popular
building material which can still be found in buildings that were constructed before
the early 90s. At Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc., the Alberta and Edmonton asbestos removal
removal experts are committed to informing all home and business owners about
the possible health risks of asbestos exposure.
Asbestos testing in the Alberta area is
important because airborne asbestos fibers can make their way into the lungs,
causing asbestos, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other respiratory health
problems. People who are regularly exposed to high concentrations of asbestos
for a long period of time are most likely to experience these health effects.
Asbestos inhalation can result in a
chronic lung disease known as asbestos. This occurs when asbestos fibres
cause scar tissue to develop in the lungs, which in turn reduces the lungs'
surface area and can lead to shortness of breath. As asbestos progresses it
can cause the development of a cough, chest pains, finger clubbing, and even a
bluish coloration of the skin. How fast asbestos develops differs from person
Asbestos exposure can also be a major
contributing factor to the development of lung cancer. Lung cancer occurs when
the cells of the lungs begin mutating and growing into tumours. In its early
stages, lung cancer has very few symptoms. As it progresses, it can cause
coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fever, and weight loss. The risk of
developing lung cancer after asbestos exposure is significantly higher for
people who have a history of tobacco smoking.
Mesothelioma is also a type of cancer, one
that causes tumours to grow on the lining of the lungs, the chest wall, and
other internal organs. Mesothelioma is most commonly seen in people who have
been exposed to asbestos, and usually results in symptoms such as dry cough,
shoulder pain, weakness, fever, and weight loss. It is an aggressive form of
cancer which is influenced by the intensity of the initial asbestos exposure.
Thankfully, early detection can help improve chances of survival.
Other Potential Health Effects
Exposure to asbestos can result in a
variety of other health effects which, though not deadly, can have detrimental
effects on quality of life. Studies have shown that asbestos can negatively
impact the functioning of the immune system, cause the development of
laryngitis, and result in the development of non-cancerous abnormalities called
pleura in the chest cavity lining.
Professional Asbestos Removal in Alberta and Edmonton
If your home or building was built before 1990, then
Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. can put your mind at ease with professional
asbestos testing in the Alberta area. If asbestos is present and if it poses a
risk to your family or your employees, then you can trust the dangerous and tricky
job of asbestos removal in Alberta and Edmonton to us.
You can set up an appointment for an asbestos assessment by getting in touch
with Advanced Remediation Solutions Inc. today.