Health Effects

Asbestos related Lung Cancer - 

 

Asbestos cancers are caused by inhalation or ingestion of large amounts of toxic asbestos fibers. Besides mesothelioma and lung cancer, asbestos exposure can lead to other serious, potentially fatal diseases. 

 

Mesothelioma -

 

a cancer of the lining of the chest and the abdominal cavity

 

Asbestosis -

 

in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue.

The risk of lung cancer and mesothelioma increases with the number of fibres inhaled. The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is also greater if you smoke. People who get asbestosis have usually been exposed to high levels of asbestos for a long time. The symptoms of these diseases do not usually appear until about 20 or 30 years after the first exposure of asbestos.

 

Pleural plaques -

 

Characterized by areas of fibrous thickening on the lining of the lungs (pleura) or diaphragm, the condition typically arises 20 to 30 years after asbestos exposure. The plaques can calcify over time, but they do not cause long-term health problems. Pleural plaques are benign, which means they are not cancerous

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