Asbestos has been proven as a known cause of mesothelioma, a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, chest and heart, as well as other forms of cancer and disease. These conditions and their symptoms can sometimes occur many years after the exposure to asbestos has taken place.
People are affected by asbestos when materials containing it are disturbed in the course of renovation or repairs, construction or demolition, or in the usage of a product in which it is present. Asbestos fibers become airborne and can be inhaled, where they can become embedded in tissue and lead to many serious health concerns. Asbestos fibers can also be spread second hand by someone who has been exposed, making it even more dangerous