Written by oliviawilson | August 13, 2019
Asbestos was a popular insulating material from the 1940s to the late 1980s. The Australian government didn’t officially ban asbestos from further use and production until December of 2003. It’s energy-efficient and very flame-resistant, but it flakes. These microscopic flakes can get into your lungs and lead to serious health problems, and this is why asbestos testing is so essential today.
Asbestos surveying is a process where a trained professional will come to your residential or commercial building to check for signs of asbestos. A licensed asbestos surveyor has to carry out the inspection. Asbestos can be all over your home or property, and the most common places to find it include:
There are health dangers for people who have constant or routine exposure to asbestos contamination. The symptoms of any health problems can take up to 30 years to develop, and they can range in severity from person to person.
Unfortunately, asbestos has a long history of being a large cause of lung cancer. Once you inhale it, asbestos flakes can sit in your respiratory tract for decades with very little signs. However, it can spur on the growth of cancerous cells and cancerous tumors anywhere in your lungs.
Mesothelioma’s only cause is exposure to asbestos. This cancer directly impacts your organ’s layer of mesothelial cells, and it comes in pleural and peritoneal forms. In Australia, there were 672 deaths by Mesothelioma in recent years. Unfortunately, this cancer is typically far too advanced by the time anyone detects it to do anything, and it has a five-year survival rate of 6%.
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