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Chrysotile asbestos fiber close up

Chrysotile asbestos fiber close up
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Asbestos is the name used to group a class of naturally occurring mineral fibers that have been widely used for industrial processes and products and is associated with adverse effects on human health. Asbestos fibers have industrial and commercial applications because of their strength, flexibility and electrical and heat resistant properties. Some examples of products that may contain asbestos include automobile brakes, insulation materials, and cement. When the mineral fibers are handled, they can be released into the air and be inhaled, because of their microscopic size and fibrous nature, which can lead to asbestos accumulating in the lungs and causing respiratory illness. Exposure to asbestos has been associated with adverse health effects such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

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