The first thing we have to establish is the etymological origin of the term asbestos. In this case, we can determine that it derives from Latin, specifically "amiantus" that popularized Pliny. However, it is necessary to indicate that this word, in turn, comes from the Greek "asbestos", which was the result of the sum of two distinct parts:
-The denial prefix "a-".
-The verbal adjective "mine", which can be translated as "tainted."
The terms asbestos and asbestos usually used as synonyms , although in reality they allude to two different minerals. Asbestos a iron silicate, alumina and lime whose fibers are flexible ; asbestos, on the other hand, presents fibers of greater hardness and rigidity, even when the composition and the characteristics of the mineral are similar to those presented by asbestos.
Asbestos fibers can intertwine. How the material presents a high resistance to high temperatures , it was used for a long time for the elaboration of tiles, tiles, tiles, coatings, brakes and clutches, among others products .
Its use was reduced when several studies confirmed that elements manufactured with asbestos can favor the development of Cancer . At the beginning of this century, asbestos began to suffer prohibitions in different nations, especially European ones. In some nations, it is still used anyway.
It is important to keep in mind that, in ancient times, there were warnings about the risks to Health when handling asbestos. However, the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of the material, added to the ease of obtaining it, made it be used in a large number of industrial activities. Given the certainties about the damage that inhaling asbestos causes to the lungs, its use was finally largely neglected.
Among the inconveniences caused by the inhalation of asbestos or asbestos, is the asbestosis , a pneumoconiosis (disease of the lung) that causes pain, dyspnea and cough and can lead to cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD ).
In addition to all of the above, asbestos is considered to be very dangerous for health because it can cause the appearance of other diseases such as the following:
-The malignant mesothelioma, which becomes a kind of cancer that directly affects what is the peritoneum and pleura. It is an incurable disease that leads the sufferer to have no more than nine months of life.
-Lung cancer, exactly. This will be much more serious and deadly if, in addition, the person who suffers it uses tobacco very regularly. However, although nothing has been scientifically confirmed, it is also believed to cause uterine or breast cancer.
In the same way, we cannot ignore, for example, that asbestos has been banned in Spain since 2001. Yes, in previous times several of its modalities were banned. Specifically, in 1993 the so-called brown asbestos was completely abolished and a few years earlier, exactly in 1984, the same was done with the so-called blue.