If you have a home that was built before the 1990s, there’s a possibility that it has material in it that may contain asbestos, as asbestos was used in buildings and homes for drywall, tiles, ceilings, and attics. According to Canada.ca, there are several minerals commonly known as asbestos that can be used to make products strong, long-lasting, and fire-resistant. Nonetheless, in light of these benefits, breathing in asbestos fibres can cause diseases, such as:
- Asbestosis – A scarring of the lungs, which makes it difficult to breathe;
- Mesothelioma – A rare cancer of the lining of the chest or abdominal cavity; and,
- Lung Cancer – Smoking can greatly increase this risk.