Asbestos known to have a harmless appearance during its natural state is known to cause harmful diseases. In fact, in the early days asbestos before being regarded as a dangerous material was known to have a few characteristics and was known to be found on soils and rocks. Moreover, this material was known to come in various types out of which chrysotile and amphibole were the most common types.
- Chrysotile – Comes in the shape of spiral after observing under a microscope is the chrysotile. Thanks to this appearance, chrysotile is also known as serpentine or curly asbestos.
- Amphibole – Has an appearance such as a needle in a straight line is the amphibole asbestos.
The Relationship – Asbestos and cancer are known to be related to one another due to the way both enter our body. Let’s focus on the most common ways where asbestos enters our body.
- Through Swallowing – Asbestos when lying on the surface of food and liquid can enter our body via swallowing.
- Through Inhaling – Probably the most common source of entry for asbestos inside our body is via inhaling. For asbestos, it is easy to get crumbled even with the slightest of touches which can then become invisible to the eyes. The invisibility is an issue because asbestos after crumbling starts to get mixed with the atmosphere where it can enter through the nose while breathing. Once asbestos enters through the nose, it can lead to getting accumulated on the surface of the lungs causing symptoms such as chest pains, breathing difficulty etc.
Asbestos inspection in Newcastle has become mandatory for all homeowners living in this region.