Asbestos is a natural mineral widely used in industries like construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing because of its heat resistance, tensile strength, and insulating properties. In its original state asbestos is generally harmless, but when disturbed and brought into contact with other materials, asbestos fibers released into the air can be inhaled or swallowed causing both malignant and benign mesothelioma.
To help you learn more about this, we’ve put together a list of seven benign, non-cancerous diseases related to asbestos exposure:
Asbestosis is a non-cancerous but severe lung condition that causes dangerous scarring and inflammation to the organ tissue. Because of asbestos contamination, which can be life-threatening, the lungs are unable to properly expand and relax which causes symptoms that include shortness of breath and chest tightness. It is a severe form of interstitial lung disease that caused approximately 1,400 deaths in the U.S. between 2000 and 2007.