Asbestos can cause serious diseases that are responsible for around 4,000 deaths a year. Since it can take many years for symptoms of asbestos related conditions to develop, contact with the substance may not affect you straightaway. Sadly, once diagnosed, it is often too late for anything to be done.
It can be hard to recognise asbestos if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Some types of asbestos were even used right up to the late 1990s in places you might not expect; from floor tiles to toilet cisterns. There is a common misconception that it was banned years ago and was only found in heavy industries. Not true!
Has anyone come across asbestos around their house? What did you do and has it had an effect on your lung health since?
We’d love to hear from anyone with any experiences of finding it in the home, or if you are living with an asbestos related disease, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.
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