Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that poses hazards to humans. It is known to cause mesothelioma, a type of aggressive cancer that affects the membrane linings in the abdomen and lungs. There is no cure known at this time for this disease, but some treatments are available to help improve the prognosis of sufferers.
Asbestos was once used in many factories, chemical plants, shipyards and homes. Its use is highly regulated now, after the hazards were determined. Even the family members of those who worked with asbestos were in danger due to the asbestos fibers that were often brought home from the workplace.