When the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance reached out to me regarding Asbestos Awareness week, I was honored. Today I share a blog post in hopes to spread the news about the devastating effects of this poison. This post is not intended to scare anyone, but rather to shed light on the truth about asbestos.
As someone who has been deeply affected by cancer and its relentless mission to destroy, this topic is very sensitive for me and I do not take it lightly.
The term “asbestos” can be found in the well-known rap lyrics by Nicki Minaj – and we wish it would just stay there. Unfortunately, asbestos is much more prevalent than we wish it would be (and has been around far longer than Minaj’s fame.)
So what exactly is asbestos and how does it effect us? Let’s cut the sugar coating. Put simply – asbestos is a known human carcinogen that causes a devastating cancer called mesothelioma.
Emily Walsh with the Cancer Alliance Blog writes:
The presence of asbestos is common for any home even a couple decades old. Asbestos can be found in any part of the house, from basement to attic, including:
- Roofing and siding shingles
- Floor tiles
- Around hot water and steam pipes
- Gaskets on furnaces, coal stoves, and wood stoves
To read more about how to find hidden toxins in your home and preventative steps you can take, read more on the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog.