Asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma have been linked to asbestos exposure.
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Asbestosis is a progressive, long-term non-cancer disease of the lungs. It is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers that irritate lung tissues and cause the tissues to scar. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and usually do not appear until years after exposure. Symptoms of asbestosis include: shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain, and finger deformity (advanced cases).
Lung Cancer causes the largest number of deaths related to asbestos exposure. Symptoms of lung cancer vary and are dependent upon the exact location of the tumor and the extent of its spread. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are: coughing and a change in breathing. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, persistent chest pains, hoarseness, and anemia.
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body's internal organs. Common early symptoms of mesothelioma include: fatigue, coughing, shortness of breath and reduced respiratory function. Those with a past asbestos exposure history experiencing symptoms should consult a physician with experience in accurately diagnosing mesothelioma. More treatment options are available the earlier mesothelioma is diagnosed.
For more information:
*US Envrionmental Protection Agengy (EPA)
*US Department of Labor-Occupation and Safety Health Administration (OSHA)
*American Medical Association and Mesothelioma Research
Check with your physician if you are experiencing any medical problems.
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Notice: This is not a legal or medical advice site. It is an article about asbestos and related problems in the schools.
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Asbestos is composed of fibers. Some of these fibers are very small and are visible only under a microscope. Any disturbances to the surfaces of materials containing asbestos can cause the fibers to become airborne. Health problems normally occur only when the person is exposed to high concentrations and fibers are inhaled.
A person usually expels most of the inhaled fibers, but some can become lodged in the lungs and may remain there throughout his/her lifetime. Scarring and inflammation can affect the person's breathing capacity and may eventually develop into problems that are more serious.
How does asbestos affect us?
Mesothelioma cases are often overseen by a thoracic oncologist (treats cancers of the chest cavity) and a multidisciplinary mesothelioma treatment team.
Patients may also see:
* medical oncologist- chooses drugs and pharmaceuticals for cancer patients
* radiation oncologist-conducts radiation therapy
* thoracic surgeon-operates on organs in the chest, including the chest wall and the diaphragm.
The information provided here is not a substitute for professional medical or legal advice, diagnosis or treatment.