Being exposed to asbestos either through your job or in the environment can put you at risk of many dangerous and life-threatening diseases, including mesothelioma and asbestosis.
This video from Arslaan Amjed explains, in detail, what asbestosis is. People who work in industries where the use of asbestos was common — think car manufacturing, plumbing, construction, and shipbuilding — were more at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases as they were more at risk of inhaling fine asbestos particles.
These particles would then travel through the airways in the lungs and eventually settle in the alveoli, which are small sacs at the end of the airways. Normally the body’s immune system deals with foreign particles in the lungs but in the case of asbestos, the particles actually attack the immune cells and lead to fibrosis of the lung tissue which causes breathing problems. These problems then get progressively worse.
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