The Dangers of Asbestos

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Since 2003, Ceepco Contracting has offered construction, facilities maintenance, and engineering services from its offices in Silver Spring, Maryland. Ceepco Contracting employs a highly trained professional staff that includes certified asbestos building inspectors.

Asbestos comprises six natural mineral fibers that are resistant to fire, heat, sound, and electricity. They are all microscopic, durable, and impervious to chemical reactions. These properties made them seem like a logical choice for a construction material in various sorts of buildings during the 20th century.

Unfortunately, inhalation of these microscopic materials can cause serious diseases, such as asbestosis, a degenerative respiratory disease resulting from scar tissue in the lungs. Asbestos exposure can also lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer affecting the vital organs in the torso.

Asbestos was used widely in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1970s. Nevertheless, numerous buildings throughout the nation still contain asbestos, which remains the leading cause of occupational cancer. It is projected that over 10,000 Americans will die this year from asbestos-related diseases.