Exposure to asbestos can cause serious health problems. Asbestos was used in buildings, ships and in the manufacture of automobile breaks. In the Navy it was used for “lagging” on steam pipes, to protect sailors from accidentally getting burned from touching those pipes.
Little was known of the health risks involved in using asbestos and malignant Mesothelioma was one of the risks found that was caused by asbestos. Today use of asbestos has been banned in many countries and efforts in the U.S. to remove asbestos from many products, ships and buildings started in the 1980s.