In 2016 it is safe to say that most adults are generally aware of what asbestos is and how it can lead to malignant mesothelioma. This was not always the case. In fact, even back 2,000 years ago, when asbestos was first used by humans, there were those who knew it was causing serious illness. While they had no idea of how the cancer worked or spread, there have been documents recovered that show people becoming sick and dying after being in contact with the deadly fibers.
The reason asbestos was used back then is because it is a naturally-occurring substance that easy to get out of the earth unlike other minerals and is naturally resistance to heat, fire, caustic chemicals, and electricity. However, it was during the industrial revolution in Western Europe and America that asbestos became heavily used in virtually every aspect of production. At that time it was still being used for its natural insulation abilities, but the companies were becoming well aware of the dangers it posed to mine workers extracting the silica compound from the earth and to everyone involved in the production of asbestos products, and to those using the asbestos productions in residential and commercial construction. Continue reading →