Starting today, is the International Asbestos Awareness Week (from April 1 to April 7). I was contacted by Emily, who works for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in the US, who informed me about this awareness week, and asked if I wanted to spread the word about this. While more and more people are aware of the dangers (human carcinogen) linked to Asbestos, it’s still a threat as long as it’s not banned on a global scale. Of course there’s never a zero risk of contamination, but I do believe that it’s still important to talk about the toxicity of asbestos, because the more we are informed, the better we are able to make our own decisions. Avoiding asbestos as much as possible, until it’s banned for good.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is hazardous to human health, and is still used in a variety of consumer products ranging from clothing to floor tiles. Despite the fear of asbestos-related illnesses, the number of imports of asbestos-filled products increases. Some countries such as Australia, Japan, Britain and Sweden have imposed a ban, but it’s not the case everywhere.
and led to a series of cancers (here’s a link to one study about it (here)
I found this very informative website which shows what part of your home might be contaminated with asbestos (here).