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Asbestos is a substance that was used in building materials. The substance can enter the body by being inhaled or swallowed. The substance attaches to the lining of the respiratory and digestive tracts. Contact with asbestos over time has been linked with cancer.

Most contact with asbestos is work-related. Some older homes may still have asbestos insulation. Government environmental offices have information on safety for asbestos contact and removal.

  • Lung Cancer

By: Healthwise Staff Last Revised: September 23, 2011
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH - Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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