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Asbestos Overview
Asbestos refers to a group of silicate minerals that occur naturally as strong, flexible fibers. When woven together, these fibers can be resistant to acid, fire and other materials. Found in thousands of industrial and manufactured products since the mid-nineteenth century, asbestos has been used in the military, construction products and tools, and household items and has been incorporated in thermal and electrical insulations, building materials, brake linings, cement, roof shingles, flooring products, and even hairdryers and toasters.
Although a useful insulation and building material, asbestos has proven to be a hazardous mineral when exposed to people or inhaled for certain periods of time. When its flexible fibers become airborne, asbestos becomes a potent carcinogen. This deadly substance is a known cause of mesothelioma, asbestosis, and cancers of the lungs, throat, stomach, heart, and colon. Disease symptoms can often take decades to appear. As a result, individuals and veterans who worked with asbestos in various industries during the mid-twentieth century are just now discovering their illnesses.
Being a naturally occurring mineral, asbestos can be found and subsequently mined in countless regions across the country and world. As a chief producer of asbestos, Canada has some of the largest asbestos mines in the world. Other countries, such as Russia, South Africa, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan and the United States, are also top producers and have an alarming number of asbestos-related cancer victims.
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