What Diseases Does Asbestos Cause?

What are asbestos related diseases?

Asbestos-related diseases include non-malignant disorders such as asbestosis (pulmonary fibrosis due to asbestos), diffuse pleural thickening, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, rounded atelectasis and malignancies such as lung cancer and malignant mesothelioma.

What health problems can asbestos cause?

Asbestos fibres are easily inhaled and carried into the lower regions of the lung where they can cause fibrotic lung disease (asbestosis) and changes in the lining of the chest cavity (pleura). These diseases can lead to reduced respiratory function and death.

How common is asbestos related disease?

Every year, between 2,500 and 3,000 people develop mesothelioma in the U.S., most of whom have been in regular contact with asbestos in the workplace several decades ago. In fact, all asbestos-related diseases have a long latency period and tend to occur within 20 to 50 years of first exposure.

What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning?

Although the severity and frequency of symptoms can vary among patients at the time of diagnosis, the most common asbestosis symptoms include:

  • swelling in the neck or face.
  • difficulty swallowing.
  • high blood pressure.
  • blood in sputum.
  • crackling sound when breathing.
  • shortness of breath.
  • hyper tension.
  • finger deformity.

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