Because asbestos has been used in over 3,000 modern products, most people have suffered some degree of exposure at one point in their lives. Fortunately, most asbestos exposure is limited to small quantities of well maintained building materials such as siding, concrete, and insulation. Regular maintenance of these materials is key to preventing asbestos from degenerating into the airborne fibers that wreak so much havoc on the human body. Unfortunately, because asbestos use is so widespread, it is impossible to calculate the damage that even a small quantity of unchecked asbestos can cause.
Asbestos is responsible for number of fatal illnesses. The lightweight nature of the asbestos particle facilitates airborne spreading of these deadly carcinogens, so therefore most asbestos-related diseases affect the respiratory system. These diseases are incurable and agonizing consequences of working in the asbestos industry or contact with asbestos-related products. Even tiny amounts of asbestos can inflict irreversible damage, as symptoms usually only emerge 20 to 30 years after initial exposure.