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What Does Asbestos Look Like? Asbestos Picture Gallery

By Danielle Briones

Published on January 30, 2009

Asbestos are naturally occurring fibrous minerals known to cause a serious form of cancer called mesothelioma. It is important to be aware of the dangers of asbestos and where it is found to ensure that you and your family are not exposed to this harmful substance.

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Asbestos Exposure

Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for acquiring mesothelioma. Work related asbestos exposure is reported in the majority of cases. However, in some cases, people inhale asbestos fibers at home. There have been reported cases among family members of asbestos workers, possibly linked to asbestos dust being carried home on the workers hair and clothes. In homes built before 1980, dangerous asbestos fibers may be present in the insulation, siding, roof shingles, and floor tiles.

Pictures of Raw Asbestos

Asbestos in Homes and Construction

People that have worked in the construction and heating trades, along with many others, such as shipyard and factory workers, have an increased risk of this asbestos-related disease. Asbestos has been used in many industrial products, such as insulation, cement, siding, roof shingles, brake linings and floor covering products. The previously unregulated production and use of asbestos has exposed millions of Americans to asbestos dust.

Pictures of Asbestos in Homes

Asbestos in Roof Shingles

Asbestos in Siding

Asbestos Mines

The presence of asbestos mines can also lead to the onset of mesothelioma. Many residents of the town of Libby, Montana, have either died or are still becoming ill as they were exposed to highly toxic asbestos dust fibers from a nearby vermiculite asbestos mine.

Photo of Black Lake Asbestos Mine in Quebec

World Trade Center and Asbestos

There have also been reported cases of mesothelioma deaths in people that first responded to the World Trade Center attack. This rapid development of the disease proved that inhaling high concentrations of asbestos can accelerate the onset of the disease.

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they have known for a long time asbestos was one of the causes of cancer,and they chose to keep using It, so now after a multitude of lawsuits these companys need to pay up.

Gregg lafleur, over 5 years ago

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HI I WAS TOLD SOME TIIME AGO THERE WAS TOLD THAT U COULD HAVE NEW SIDING PUT ON YOUR HOME IF U HAD ASBESTOS SIDING ON IT AND OF COURSE WE DO AND I BECAME VERY ILL BUT DONT KNOW WHY AND MY SON IS NOW HAVING BREATHING PROBLEMS AND THE SIDING IS DETERIATING ON PARTS OF THE HOME MOBILE HOME AND AM WONDERING WHAT TO DO THANKS RENEE

RENEE, over 5 years ago

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There is something falling from the ceiling. The color is black and it looks spongy. I live in a brownstowne and the walls are brick. Irs falling from the corners of the ceiling. I am a bit worried. This happened over the weekend. Should I get near it to clean up or wait until maintenace come?

Carla , almost 5 years ago

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