What are the health effects from exposure to asbestos?

There are three main exposure routes for asbestos fibers: (1) inhalation, (2) ingestion, and (3) skin contact. However, inhalation is the primary route of entry leading to asbestos-related disease. Asbestos fibers may be released into the air by the disturbance of asbestos-containing material during product use, demolition work, building or home maintenance, repair, and remodeling. Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure are: lung cancer, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining of the lung, chest and the abdomen and heart) and asbestosis (a serious progressive, long-term, non-cancer disease of the lungs). For more information on these and other health effects of asbestos exposure see the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the National Cancer Institute.

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1. Is mold harmful to my family?
2. How do I clean up mold?
3. Is air sampling for mold recommended?
4. I have mold in my apartment and my landlord won’t do anything about it. What are my options?
5. Can you check the air quality in our home? Our family is experiencing symptoms.
6. I want to measure the radon levels in my home. How do I do this?
7. How does Tri-County Health Department test for radon and is there a fee?
8. Can I purchase a radon test kit and do the test myself?
9. I tested my home for radon and the level came back high. What do I do?
10. What is Asbestos?
11. What are the health effects from exposure to asbestos?
12. I want to know if material in my home contains asbestos. How can I test for this?