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What health problems could you get from breathing in asbestos?

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If you breathe in asbestos fibers over long periods of time, you raise your chances of getting diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Smokers are even more affected. That’s because cigarette smoke irritates lung passages. This makes it harder for the lungs to remove asbestos fibers.

From: What Is Asbestos? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk." 

National Cancer Institute: "Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers."

CDC: "Asbestos."

MedlinePlus: "Asbestos."

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk." 

National Cancer Institute: "Mesothelioma: Questions and Answers."

CDC: "Asbestos."

MedlinePlus: "Asbestos."

National Cancer Institute: "What You Need to Know About Lung Cancer."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 17, 2018

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