What types of asbestos cause mesothelioma? 

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2022 | asbestos

You have likely heard about the dangers of asbestos. One of the biggest risks for those who spend time around this material is mesothelioma. 

However, what you may not know is that there are different types of asbestos. Additionally, each type poses a unique risk to those who are around it. 

Amphibole mineral asbestos

With a sharp, straight chain-like structure, types of amphibole mineral asbestos are easily inhaled. The types of asbestos in this “family” include:

  • Actinolite: Dark in color and found in drywall, cement, sealants, paints, and insulation.
  • Amosite: Brown in color and makes up around 5% of the asbestos used in U.S. buildings.
  • Anthophyllite: Brown to yellow in color and was not used often in consumer products.
  • Crocidolite: Blue in color and considered the most hazardous in this family. Found in insulation, tiles and cement.
  • Tremolite: Ranges from milky white to dark green in color and was used in many different materials.
  • Serpentine: The only type of asbestos in this family is chrysotile asbestos. It is made up of curly fibers that are in a layered pattern. 

Chrysotile asbestos

This is considered the most common type used in the U.S. It was popular due to its high heat resistance and flexible fibers that could be used in fireproofing and insulating properties. It can be found in brake pads, brake lining, asphalt, roofing materials, plastics, gaskets, rubber, disk pads, clutches, cement and asphalt.

This last type of asbestos is considered the leading cause of mesothelioma. 

What to do if you develop asbestos-related mesothelioma

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma and worked around asbestos at some point in your life, you have legal options. It’s a good idea to learn what these are and keep a record of your diagnosis and treatment for the condition.