September 10, 2017

Asbestos: Still a Health Risk?

September 10, 2017

Asbestos has been around for centuries and was quite commonly used in construction and consumer applications until well in to the 20th century. But when it became clear that asbestos is toxic and can pose significant health risks, its use was greatly curtailed and outright banned in some countries.

So does asbestos still pose a risk to our health today? In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Science Center Occupational & Environmental Medicine expert Dr. Jeffrey Levin answers questions about and discusses continuing health risks attendant to asbestos.


  1. What is asbestos?
  2. What is the history of asbestos and when did we begin to learn that it poses a health risk to people?
  3. Is mesothelioma an asbestos related disease?
  4. A recent news report said that asbestos was found in a cosmetic product sold in the U.S. Most people probably think that asbestos has been banned in this country but it hasn't been. Why not?
  5. How concerned should the average person be about being exposed to asbestos?
  6. What are the most common ways that people have been exposed to asbestos in the past?
  7. How long after asbestos exposure will asbestos-related diseases start to present?
  8. What are some of the most common household products and items that contain asbestos and could still be around?
  9. Is the renovation of an older home cause for a specific type of inspection to prevent asbestos exposure?
  10. If someone is concerned about possible asbestos exposure, what should he or she do?

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