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 to 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.