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It has been known for decades now that Asbestos causes cancer. When Asbestos enters the lung, research has shown that it attracts cancer causing agents because of its toxicity. Lung Cancer is almost guaranteed when exposed to Asbestos as well as Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. Unconfirmed links to laryngeal cancer as well as cancer of the gastrointestinal tract are also being researched and considered an increased risk.
The removal of asbestos containing materials is crucial as if or when it is disturbed or damaged during construction, renovations, etc -it can become easily airborne and inhaled.
If you suspect the presence of Asbestos, do not disturb it and contact a professional.