The following is a summary of key points about asbestos:
- "Asbestos" is the name given to a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers
- Smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a greatly increased risk of lung cancer
- Individuals who have been exposed (or suspect they have been exposed) to asbestos fibers on the job or at home via a family contact should inform their physician of their exposure history and any symptoms
- Government agencies can provide additional information on asbestos exposure.