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Old 08-18-2012, 05:44 AM   #1
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Exposed to amosite Asbestos

I was doing DIY over my holiday from work and stripped wallpaper off utility room using steamer. I did this for 3 hours a day for 3 days. I pulled a cupboard off the wall as wouldn't unscrew and dust went all on me. I didn't wear any protection. I thought it was plasterboard.

I also took a pipe out of the wall that was used as vent for tumble dryer and then i noticed strange construction of the board which was 1cm thick. Bits of broken board were blown inbetween the flue/vent from outside.

I got the board sampled by a specialist asbestos sampling company and it has come back as being made of brown amosite asbestos mostly and some white. It was asbestos insulation board. I have now been panicking for the last 3 days and am worried I am going to die. I am 37. I have read the brown amosite doesn't clear from the lungs.

How likely is this exposure to effect me?

 
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Re: Exposed to amosite Asbestos

Hi,

I'm sorry it happened but this exposure is unlikely to affect you. Most people who get asbestos diseases suffered from heavy daily workplace exposure for many decades. The kind of one time exposure that you experienced does not cause it.

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Old 08-21-2012, 12:55 AM   #3
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Re: Exposed to amosite Asbestos

Hi

Thanks very much for reply. However, the mesothelioma cancer can occur from only brief exposures from what I have read. My risk of lung cancer also increased. Asbestosis is only illness wouldn't happen for certain as happens through prolonged exposure. So i am still worried. I am going to see my GP this morning. I don't think he will be able to do anything.

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Re: Exposed to amosite Asbestos

Hi

Thanks very much for reply. However, the mesothelioma cancer can occur from only brief exposures from what I have read. My risk of lung cancer also increased. Asbestosis is only illness wouldn't happen for certain as happens through prolonged exposure. So i am still worried. I am going to see my GP this morning. I don't think he will be able to do anything.

Dominic

 
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Re: Exposed to amosite Asbestos

Your risk for lung problems has increased, but only very slightly, and you aren't going to get lung cancer or mesothelioma anytime soon. I'd estimate that the probability of you dying of something completely unrelated (like a car accident) in the next 10 years is higher than the chance of getting a lung disease related to this one exposure.

Make sure the asbestos is cleaned up properly. I'd ask a professional. Next time, be more careful. There's nothing else you can do.

 
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