Asbestos Related Diseases

What type of disease’s can you get from exposure to Asbestos?

Exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of its dust and fibres can cause serious and sometimes even fatal diseases, often 20 years or more after exposure. There is no ‘safe level’ of exposure to asbestos dust, and so any exposure could cause an asbestos related illness. The diseases known to be related to exposure to asbestos are as follows:

Asbestosis
This is a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting lung tissue.
Sufferers often have severe shortness of breath (dyspnea) and are at an
increased risk of contracting several different types of lung cancer.
Full details on asbestosis can be found here.

Diffuse Pleural thickening
This is a thickening of the lung lining and can reduce the ability of the
lung to function correctly. It can cause a difficulty in breathing and a
shortness of breath.
Full details on pleural thickening can be found here.

Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is almost always caused by exposure
to asbestos. The disease causes malignant sells to develp in the protective
lining (mesothelium) that covers most of the body’s internal organs, however
it is most commonly seen in the outer lining of the lungs &internal chest wall.
Full details on mesothelioma can be found here.

Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung.
The most common symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing (including coughing up blood), and weight loss.
Full details on lung cancer can be found here.

Other asbestos related diseases
According to the Health and Safety executive (www.hse.gov.uk) current
evidence also suggests that asbestos can also cause laryngeal cancer and
may be implicated in causing pharyngeal, stomach and colorectal cancers.
Full details on other asbestos related diseases can be found here.