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Mesothelioma Prevention: Dealing With Asbestos

by Mona Luxton

Copyright 2005

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer, usually associated with previous

exposure to asbestos. 70% to 80% of people diagnosed with the

disease had a history of exposure to asbestos containing

material. Mesothelioma is extremely painful and usually fatal

unless detected early.

Asbestos was widely used in many building and industrial

materials, including siding panels, roof shingles, mortar,

flooring and insulation. Asbestos containing material still

exist in many homes. Here are some EPA recommendations for

dealing with asbestos around the home:

Leave asbestos alone. Generally, material in good condition

will not release asbestos fibers. The danger occurs when fibers

are released and inhaled into the lungs. For a list of materials

that possibly contain asbestos, visit

Inspect asbestos-containing material regularly for visible

signs of wear without touching it.

Generally limit activities in any areas having damaged asbestos

material. In particular, keep children away from such areas.

Avoid sweeping, or vacuuming debris that may contain asbestos.

Also avoid sanding, scraping, or drilling holes in materials

that possibly contain asbestos.

Have removal and major repair done by people trained and

qualified in handling asbestos. It is highly recommended that

sampling, cleaning and minor repair also be done by asbestos


If you need to discard asbestos material, check with local

health, environmental, or other appropriate officials for

proper handling and disposal procedures.

For more information on dealing with asbestos, please visit

About The Author: Mona Luxton is a writer specializing in

health and medicine. She may be contacted at

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