proven chronic breathing of asbestos fibers causes permanent scarring of the lungs ("asbestosis"), lung cancer and mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the intestinal tract and lungs). At present, however, no definitive research links disease to incidental exposure in the home.
This doesn't necessarily mean there's no risk. Data is difficult to gather in so broad a segment of the population, particularly because health problems may show up 30 to 40 years after exposure. A growing number of doctors and researchers are concerned about the long-term effects of low-level exposure. As a rule, asbestos fibers tend to attach themselves permanently to lung tissue; long-term, residual accumulation might catch up with you.
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