Asbestos refers to a group of six types of naturally occurring minerals.
Asbestos minerals are made up of fine, durable fibers and are resistant to heat, fire and many chemicals.
However, any contact to the group of minerals can lead to major health problem caused by asbestos
exposure, aside from cancer, is a lung disease called asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma.
When a person breathes high levels of asbestos over time, some of the fibers lodge deep in the lungs.
Irritation caused by the fibers can eventually lead to scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs.
The asbestos fibers irritate and scar lung tissue, causing the lungs to become stiff.
This makes it difficult to breathe. As asbestosis progresses, more and more lung tissue becomes scarred.