Causes of Asbestos Related Diseases
Asbestos is a substance that is known to be the cause of many diseases. According to the National Cancer Institute, asbestos has been classified as a cancer-causing substance. People can be exposed to this substance at work or at home, and become sick when asbestos fibers are inhaled into the lungs. The following is an overview of asbestos-related diseases and their causes. If you or someone you love has fallen ill due to asbestos exposure, it may be beneficial to speak with a DC personal injury lawyer for advice.
Mesothelioma is perhaps the best-known disease linked to asbestos exposure. It has been found to cause up to 3,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. Repeated exposure to asbestos can lead to tumors in the lungs, heart, testes or stomach. Chest pain and difficulty breathing are the most common symptoms associated with this condition.
Asbestosis And Other Non-Malignant Conditions
Asbestosis is a lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos. While this condition does not cause cancer, it can be fatal because it causes inflammation of the lung tissue. As time goes on, this inflammation can lead to scarring of the lungs, and causes symptoms such as difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. Some other non-malignant conditions associated with asbestos include:
- Pleural Effusion — occurs when excess fluid accumulates in the fluid-filled space around the lungs
- Pleuritis — the inflammation of the membranes around the lungs and in the chest cavity.
People who have been exposed to asbestos for long periods of time in the workplace often develop malignant tumors in different areas of the body. This also increases the chance of other types of cancer forming in the body, as well. Some of the most common types of cancers caused by asbestos include:
- Lung Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Cancer of the Larynx
Certain people are at an increased risk of developing asbestos related diseases. The following things may increase this risk:
- Prolonged exposure
- Exposure to high levels
- The source of asbestos exposure
- Chemical makeup of the asbestos
Studies have also shown that smokers are more likely to develop cancer and other malignancies after asbestos exposure. There is evidence to show that quitting smoking may reduce these risks. It is important for people who are exposed to asbestos to let their doctor know, as it is an essential part of a medical history. Even if no symptoms are present, it is important to be evaluated by your doctor regularly for signs of asbestos-related diseases. The vast majority of people have less than 1 year to live once a malignant disease like mesothelioma is diagnosed.
If you or someone you love has been exposed to asbestos or has received a medical diagnosis related to asbestos exposure, contact an attorney for advice. Speaking with an attorney may provide you with information on how to obtain a settlement for your condition. Hiring an experienced attorney can lessen the stress and anxiety associated with an asbestos related disease.
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