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A Summary of Asbestos

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.
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