Asbestos was used originally as an insulation material, particularly in military vehicles like submarines and battleships, but also in commercially used products like brake pads for cars, house insulation, and more. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the United States of America began regulating the use of asbestos in products and services. It was extremely common for people who worked in the military, or in automotive or insulation fields to have been exposed to asbestos, and are at great risk for mesothelioma.
How does exposure to asbestos cause mesothelioma?
The fibers of Asbestos are incredibly small, microscopic even. However, the real problem isn’t the size of the fibers, it’s how strong and durable that they are. Their durability is what made asbestos a popular product to be sold in the first place. Asbestos makes a great insulator, but it was this double-edged sword that makes it that much more deadly for humans. That, coupled how the fibers are easily broken off and fly through the air, they are easily inhaled and can cause mesothelioma down the road.