There are many ways in which asbestos can hurt or harm you. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was commonly used for many different materials, including old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles, siding, car parts, and especially insulation. Asbestos is extremely good at insulating, as it is fire and heat resistant. For this reason, it was used throughout houses and buildings to help insulate the walls and even insulate pipes and wires. Although asbestos has stopped being used so frequently, there are still areas of buildings and homes that can have asbestos in them. When you have a building or home that is contaminated with asbestos, it is up to you to handle it properly and know the risks and harm it can bring to you and other residents of the building. If you are doing any kind of construction or home renovation on a building built before the year 2000, there is high chance it is contaminated with one of the three types of asbestos. These three types include, blue asbestos, brown asbestos, and white asbestos. Although blue and brown asbestos are considered to be the more dangerous type, there is no way that you can decipher whether it is blue, brown, or white asbestos on your own. If you do encounter any of these types of asbestos, there are four main risks that are associated with them. These include mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, and pleural thickening. Mesothelioma and asbestos-related lung cancer are both cancers that can be caused by airborne asbestos traveling into your lungs as you inhale and lodging itself into the tissue. Once it is lodges into the tissue, it disrupts the surrounding cells and causes cancer. Mesothelioma is the more dangerous cancer of the two as it is fatal. Asbestos-related lung cancer is less fatal but still extremely debilitating. Along with cancers, breathing in asbestos can result in scarring of your lungs. This scarring, called Asbestosis, usually develops over the course of multiple years of asbestos exposure. Pleural thickening is another problem that can develop in your lungs after being exposed to a large amount of asbestos. The pleural lining of your lungs swells up. When this happens, you lung is squeezed and you experience shortness of breath and chest discomfort. If you follow the proper procedures when working or living around asbestos, you most likely will not develop any of these diseases or cancers. If you handle asbestos recklessly, however, know that these are the consequences.