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Why Gaskets contained Asbestos

Asbestos and Lung Cancer
Asbestos in Gaskets

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in various industries due to its heat resistance, durability, and insulating properties. It was widely used in construction materials, automotive parts, and industrial equipment, including gaskets.

Gaskets are mechanical seals used to prevent leaks between two surfaces, typically in machinery, pipes, or engines. In the past, asbestos-containing gaskets were commonly used because of their ability to withstand high temperatures and pressure. However, it was later discovered that asbestos exposure poses severe health risks, particularly when the asbestos fibers become airborne and are inhaled or ingested.

Occupational exposure to asbestos, especially in industries where asbestos-containing materials were frequently handled or removed, has been linked to various serious health conditions, including:

  1. Asbestosis: A chronic lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, leading to scarring of the lung tissue.

  2. Mesothelioma: A rare and aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It is primarily caused by asbestos exposure.

  3. Lung Cancer: Asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing lung cancer.

  4. Other Cancers: Asbestos exposure has also been linked to cancers of the esophagus, colon, throat and stomach.

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