Mesothelioma-Linked Materials

Building Materials Linked to Mesothelioma

From the early 1900s to 1978, asbestos was an important material used in the construction of offices, schools, and homes.  Typically used as insulation, asbestos also proved useful in a wide range of construction uses.  The most common uses are listed below:

Other Mesothelioma-Linked Materials

Asbestos was also used in the ship building industry for decades.  Asbestos was primarily used as insulation for the ship's pipes and boilers, and as protection for the ship's floors and walls from the heat of the ship's engine.  Asbestos was also used as lining for brakes and clutches in automobiles. 

Asbestos Medical Dangers

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.  When disturbed, asbestos fibers may become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs.  Exposure to friable asbestos (asbestos that is easily broken into airborne particles when disturbed) can lead to severe medical conditions.  Unfortunately, these medical conditions incubate for years after initial exposure.  Symptoms and complications from mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer may take anywhere between 5 and 30 years to materialize, depending on the severity of exposure.