For decades now, the dangers of asbestos exposure have been well known. People who made products containing asbestos and employers who used these materials have known that exposing people to airborne asbestos can make them very sick. In the most severe cases, a person develops mesothelioma, a cancer that is quite aggressive and affects the lining around a person's lungs.
We have explored the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos in detail. The risks of exposure have led to a ban on the substance in most materials, but the threat of contact with the fiber still exists. Primarily, asbestos exists in manufacturing and construction materials that were made prior to the 1980s. When buildings are renovated or torn down, the chance that asbestos will be released into the air can be quite high.