80-year-old deceased mesothelioma victim (Florida resident) who was exposed to asbestos through his work for several decades as a water sewer-works pipe layer and fitter
There are as many as six different types of asbestos found in building materials around the world. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was once extensively used in construction and other industries due to its heat-resistant properties and durability. However, the use of asbestos has been linked with various health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.
There are six types of asbestos recognized by the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency:
Chrysotile asbestos is the most commonly used type of asbestos, accounting for 90% to 95% of asbestos used in buildings across the US. Chrysotile asbestos has flexible fibers that can be woven into fabric and has excellent heat resistance. Due to these properties, chrysotile asbestos is extensively used in many insulation and fireproofing products. It can be found in roofing materials, gaskets, clutch materials, brake lining, brake pads, and plastics.
Chrysotile asbestos is still being mined today in countries like Canada, Russia, and Italy, where there is an ongoing debate between healthcare professionals and companies that continue to export it. These companies claim that the chrysotile mined today is safe since it is only used in dense and non-friable products and is encapsulated in either cement or resin. However, health care professionals maintain that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic, and no level of exposure is safe.
Chrysotile asbestos has been associated with the majority of cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, including pleural mesothelioma. Even though companies argue that the chrysotile mined today is safe, healthcare professionals maintain that all forms of asbestos are carcinogenic, and no level of exposure is safe.
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