Asbestos is the name given to a group of the silicate type of minerals. This material comprises of long thin fibers. Each individual fiber is so thin and minute, that a person is not able to see it with the naked eye.

Asbestos naturally occurs in nature in Russia, followed up by China, Kazkhastan, and Canada. Asbestos popularity was due to its resistance to heat and electricity, sound absorption and due to its strength.

Being very light, asbestos spreads in the atmosphere very easily, particularly at the places where it is mined or where it is used in the manufacture, at job-sites such as ship yards, different chemical plants, refineries, power and chemical plants, packaging industries, gasket and coating industries, etc. It also plays a major role in the building and construction industries, for insulation and roofing purposes.

The main people who get affected are the professionals whose occupation is plumbing, or who work as an electrician, or as fire fighters, or as rail road workers, or those who are a part of building and construction industry, mining industry etc.

Asbestos fibers enter the air through the breakdown of material deposits during the process of the goods being manufactured with the help of asbestos. Asbestos fiber can neither evaporate nor dissolve in water. It can travel long distances through wind and air and can therefore be inhaled easily.

Exposure to asbestos usually occurs  by breathing such contaminated air. The inhalation of these asbestos loose fibers causes serious illness, leading to Asbestosis or laying the foundation of mesothelioma cancer. This infection is a long term painful disease that can continue for years together and usually surface after full maturity of the illness that is when mesothelioma cancer is usually in its last stages.

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