When asbestos fibres are inhaled they can cause serious diseases which account for approximately 4000 deaths a year. The diseases include mesothelioma and lung cancer which are almost always fatal, asbestosis which is not always fatal and diffuse pleural thickening which is not fatal. The risk of developing these diseases, which take years to develop, is exacerbated by the length and intensity of the exposure to airborne asbestos fibres. There are three types of asbestos, white, blue and brown. They cannot be identified by colour and all types are dangerous.
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