Asbestos exposure and the mesothelioma risk for workers and their
Asbestos exposure may cause mesothelioma cancer decades later. Find
out more below and get a free legal review
Understanding asbestos health effects
asbestos increases your risk of developing lung diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. That risk is made worse by
Disease symptoms may take several years to develop following exposure. If you
are concerned about possible exposure, consult a physician who specializes in lung diseases
Exposure to airborne friable asbestos may result in a potential health risk
because persons breathing the air may breathe in asbestos fibers.
Continued exposure can increase the amount of fibers that remain in the lung.
Fibers embedded in lung tissue over time may cause serious lung diseases
including asbestosis, lung cancer, or mesothelioma.
Three of the major health effects associated with asbestos exposure
include:Asbestosis - a serious, progressive, long-term non-cancer disease of the
lungs. It is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers that irritate lung tissues and
cause the tissues to scar. The scarring makes it hard for oxygen to get into the
blood. Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath and a dry, crackling
sound in the lungs while inhaling. There is no effective treatment for
Lung Cancer - causes the largest number of deaths related to asbestos
exposure. People who work in the mining, milling, manufacturing of asbestos, and
those who use asbestos and its products are more likely to develop lung cancer
than the general population. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are
coughing and a change in breathing. Other symptoms include shortness of breath,
persistent chest pains, hoarseness, and anemia.
Mesothelioma - a rare form of cancer that is found in the thin lining
(membrane) of the lung, chest, abdomen, and heart and almost all cases are
linked to exposure to asbestos. This disease may not show up until many years
after asbestos exposure.
How we can help workers whose asbestos exposure caused mesothelioma
Many companies manufactured asbestos-containing products
without any regard for the public. If you’d like to hold them accountable for
the harm they have caused you or a loved one, please complete the form on this
page for a free legal review.
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