Fact: Cigarette Smoking and Mesothelioma Risks, Continued
Changes in the lining of the lungs (pleura) such as thickening, plaques,
calcification, and fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion) may be early signs
of asbestos exposure and the risk for mesothelioma. Smoking heightens this risk.
These changes can affect breathing more than previously thought. Pleural
effusion can be an early warning sign for mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of
Most cases of asbestosis or lung cancer in workers occurred 15 years or more
after the person was first exposed to asbestos.
Most cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed 30 years or more after the first
exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma has been diagnosed in asbestos workers, family members, and
residents who live close to asbestos mines.
Health effects from asbestos exposure may continue to progress even after
exposure is stopped.
Smoking or cigarette smoke, together with exposure to asbestos, greatly
increases the likelihood of lung cancer. See Cigarette Smoking, Asbestos
Exposure, and your Health. The ATSDR
Weitz & Luxenberg is a leading plaintiffs' law firm that has represented people
affected by mesothelioma for over 20 years.
Men and women diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos
exposure may be entitled to compensation from the companies
responsible for their disease.
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