Last week we busted some myths about mould. This week, we thought we’d continue the trend and talk about some myths surround asbestos and the facts you should know. Asbestos can be dangerous and rightfully it unsettles a lot of homeowners to think it may be in their home. Knowing the facts can help you make the right decision with less panic and worry.
Myth 1: Mesothelioma is only present in the elderly and smokers. The reasoning behind this myth actually makes a lot of sense. After all, the average age for a patient to develop mesothelioma is 62, and a smoker who is regularly exposed to asbestos is significantly more likely to develop mesothelioma (more than 1 in 3 will) than a nonsmoker.
The Facts: However, there are plenty of young people who have also developed mesothelioma. There is a significant delay in the onset of symptoms from asbestos exposure. At the moment, it’s believed to take at least 10 years before you see problems beginning to appear and 20 to 50 years before mesothelioma is likely to occur. For those who started working with asbestos in their 20s, that means they may see symptoms as early as 30 and mesothelioma in their 40s.
Myth 2: You’re only in danger if exposed to large amounts of asbestos regularly. We like to think that we live in a world where you can do anything once without any problems.
The Facts: When it comes to asbestos, this just isn’t the case. It’s one of those things, where one time is all it takes. While being around large amounts asbestos frequently is going to greatly increase your risk, one exposure is enough to permanently damage your lungs and develop mesothelioma.
Myth 3: If you find asbestos in your home you need to get rid of it immediately! It’s a common mistake to decide that since asbestos has the potential to be so harmful, you should immediately go and rip any asbestos out of your home and throw it away.
The Facts: Asbestos is the most dangerous once it’s been disturbed. If you want asbestos removed from your home, you must call an expert who can get rid of it safely. It’s also important to note that asbestos comes in many, many forms from pipe insulation to floor tiles. It’s going to be very difficult for you to determine what materials in your home have asbestos and pose a risk to your health without the help of the professionals as Amity Environmental.
Asbestos can cause a lot of health problems and is a material that demands to be treated with respect. However by knowing the facts and getting help from the experts, it’s easy to work and live around asbestos without having to worry. Call Amity Environmental today at (587) 892-7920.