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Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Asbestos Injuries and Illnesses

Worldwide, an estimated 125 million people are affected by asbestos in the workplace. In the United States between 1999 and 2005, a total of 18,068 malignant mesothelioma deaths were reported. — World Health Organization (WHO); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Illness from asbestos exposure can affect individuals working in a variety of trades and professions. Workers who have been exposed to asbestos are often left with permanent lung ailments including asbestosis, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. Symptoms related to asbestos exposure can take anywhere from 10 to 50 years to appear, but once they do, the prognosis is often grim. Those at risk for developing asbestos-related illnesses include:

WHAT IS ASBESTOSIS?

Asbestosis is a disease in which asbestos fibers inflame the lungs and cause scarring. This causes difficulty breathing and can lead to chest pains, as the heart works harder to pump oxygen to the rest of the body.  The scarring may eventually become so severe that the lungs can no longer function. Asbestosis often takes 10–20 years to show signs and symptoms of full development.

WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of asbestos lung cancer that results from asbestos fibers becoming lodged in the lining of the lung. This leads to the formation of malignant tumors which can grow rapidly, spread to other organs, and cause death. Mesothelioma can take 20-50 years to show signs and symptoms of full development.

LUNG CANCER LINKED TO ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

Cancer of the lung has also been linked to asbestos exposure. Cancer caused by asbestos has the same symptoms, treatment, and prognosis as other forms of lung cancer, and often takes 15-30 years to show signs and symptoms of full development.

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