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How does asbestos causes mesothelioma?

I work in an automotive shop as a tire technician part time to put myself through school. How much risk do I face for developing a lung disorder? I don’t personally service brakes; I only replace tires. This does expose me to some dust when I remove the wheel from the car or truck, although I try to avoid breathing it in. Also, are macrophages and other leukocytes unable to carry out phagocytosis on asbestos fibers?

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Answer:

Those tiny microfibers attach to the linings of the aveoli. They lose their elasticity. The white blood cells attack the damage portions of the cell (aveoli). Snowballing effect takes place, until the body begins an all out fight (defense) against the attacking foreign object(s).

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