Lung Mesothelioma

Types of Asbestos

Types of Asbestos

Types of Asbestos

Asbestos can be described as a set of six fibrous minerals that are known to occur naturally in the earth crust. The minerals can also be termed as silicate minerals which are used in commercial manufacturing of a number of products. The minerals are known to possess desirable physical properties. All the six minerals do have a similar characteristic feature, which is the thin fibrous crystal appearance.

Due to its negative reactance with the body system, asbestos is known to be a major cause of most of the fatal as well as malignant cancer conditions. The major cancer associated with asbestos is mesothelioma cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos is known to be the potential cause of mesothelioma.

Asbestos Minerals

Here are the major six asbestos minerals:

Tremolite asbestos: this one bears a very narrow history as far as usage is concerned. The mineral has been utilized in the past in industries as well as in commercial productions. It is found in small quantities in most of the products that this substance is a constituent element.
Actinolite asbestos: this particular asbestos bears very little usage in the past, both commercially and industrially. Actinolite is known to be highly airborne in such a way that it is easily inhaled. Moreover, the mineral has very adverse effects on the lungs and its neighboring tissues.
Anthophyllite asbestos: this type of asbestos was never given so much attention as far as industrial and commercial productions are concerned. The mineral is also known to be potentially harmful to body organs just like the other types of asbestos.
Chrysotile asbestos: characteristically, this type of asbestos is not easily inhaled in that it is less airborne. Many specialists suggest that this is the right type of asbestos that one can risk to get close to as far as products and other accessories containing the mineral are concerned.
Amosite asbestos: this type of asbestos bears its origin from the borders of Africa. The mineral was widely used in industrial products such as pipe insulations.
Crocidolite asbestos: the mineral is known to exist in Africa as well as Australia. This particular asbestos has been classified as the most dangerous one as compared to the other types of asbestos.
The above are the major types of asbestos that can be considered dangerous to a man’s life. Most of these asbestos have been widely used in the past in production of products either as a constituent element or as the major element.

Here is a list of some of the products that asbestos has been associated with, mainly in the past: vinyl floor tiles, brake shoes, disc pads, clutch housings, elevator brakes, imitation brick cladding, cement sheet pipe insulation, plaster patching environments and so on.

The classification of asbestos is further narrowed down to three categories, which include the following: white asbestos, which is majorly used in industrial processes in most countries including the US; brown asbestos, this one is characteristically uncommon; and thirdly there is the blue asbestos, this one is believed to be the most dangerous form of asbestos.

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