Lungs are one of the most important parts of your body, and especially of your respiratory system. One of the most dangerous parts about asbestos is that it can cause lung diseases, which is very dangerous, because of how important it is to have healthy lungs. Not only do your lungs help you breath, but lungs also keep every other organ in your body working. When you breathe, your lungs take in oxygen. From the lungs this oxygen is passed along to your bloodstream, and from there it brings oxygen to the cells of your body. Your body also picks up carbon dioxide, which your lungs get rid of or dispose of when you breathe out. Every single breath you take this repeats, a breath in means oxygen in, and then to your bloodstream and cells, a breath out means carbon dioxide disposed of. This process, that happens within you so many times a day, is very important, and that is why it is crucial to have healthy lungs, to keep this process running smoothly.
In the world we live in today it can be very hard to keep healthy lungs. There are things in the environment we live in that make it harder for our lungs to function as properly and easily as they would otherwise. These are risk factors, they don’t always cause problems, but they can and sometimes do, they put you and your healthy lungs at risk. Some of these risk factors we don’t even realize are risk factors, or don’t realize that we’re breathing them in. Sometimes these risk factors can be avoided, but other times, they can not. Regardless, it is still very important to learn more and understand what you’re inhaling, so you can do what it takes to protect your lungs.
Here is a list of a few lung hazards that are important to be aware of for healthy lungs:
- Tobacco smoke
- The highest cause for lung cancer is cigarette smoke. About 80% of all cases of lung cancer are of people who do or have smoked. Smoking can also lead to other lung issues besides for cancer. If you are affected/ have a smoking related disease then being exposed to asbestos is even more dangerous because it’s adding another risk to already struggling lungs.
- Household Carcinogens
- A variety of different things can go under this category. The most common one is asbestos, in all sorts of different materials like tiling, plaster, installation and more. Asbestos is obviously very harmful if inhaled and can cause diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. There are a variety of other things that fall under this category, but it’s always important to get into the practice of reading the ingredients on the label of a substance before using it. It’s good to know what you’re spraying and otherwise applying in your home.
- Air pollution (out door)
- In the world we live in there is a lot of air pollution, and there are many different types of air pollution. Some air pollution is natural, including likes like smoke and ashes from wildfire and volcanoes. Other types of air pollution are man made. These come many different things, including emissions from vehicles and factories, and other everyday products like aerosol can, pesticides etc.
All of these things are harmful to your lungs, which are very important for you. So if you have asbestos, don’t leave it where it is! Call us now for more information, or to get a quote, testing, or removal.