is a mineral that naturally occurs in the environment. It typically occurs in a bundle of fibers found in soil and rocks. Mainly composed of silicon and oxygen, two types of asbestos exist in the world, both of which have been tied to causing mesothelioma:
– Types of amphibole asbestos include amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, actinolite, and anthophyllite.Chrysotile
– Also called white, curly, or serpentine asbestos. It is the most common type of asbestos found in industrial settings.
Asbestos fibers are resistant to heat and very strong, so asbestos has been incorporated into a number of products, including insulation, shingles, flooring, brakes, etc. Even talc and talc products have been known to contain asbestos, as well.