Asbestos Cancer and Disease Overview

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Asbestos Cancers

There are several forms of asbestos related cancer including lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancers such as colorectal cancer.

Whether caused by smoking or asbestos exposure, the basic lung cancer symptoms are the same:

  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Coughing up blood
  • Frequent bronchitis or pneumonia
  • Persistent chest, shoulder, or back pain that worsens with deep breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of the face and neck
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss

There are a few tests that doctors typically use to confirm a lung cancer diagnosis. It can be complicated to find a link between asbestos exposure and lung cancer. However, treatment of asbestos-related lung cancer can be similar to the treatment approach for non-asbestos-related lung cancer.

Asbestos Related Lung Cancer

For some patients, there is a link between their lung cancer and asbestos exposure. While tobacco smoking presents the greatest risk for this horrible disease, exposure to asbestos is also a major threat. The symptoms of asbestos related lung cancer go beyond basic respiratory symptoms, so it’s important to know what they are if you’ve experienced prolonged asbestos exposure.

If your doctor diagnoses you with asbestos-related lung cancer, your treatment approach will be driven by both the type of tumor you have and the stage your lung cancer has reached. It’s likely that you have lots of questions, so read up on lung cancer facts. Finding the right support group can also be incredibly helpful during this challenging time.

Asbestosis Overview

Asbestosis is a breathing disorder that’s caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Over time, the accumulation of these fibers in the lungs can cause scarring and shortness of breath. The symptoms of asbestosis may not occur until years after exposure. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, so it’s important to see a doctor for an asbestosis diagnosis. The damage that asbestos causes to the lungs cannot be reversed, but there are treatment options that can relieve symptoms and prevent the progression of asbestosis. If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos, learn more about the causes of asbestosis and otherimportant information.

Pleural Disease Overview

Pleural disease comprises many different conditions that affect the health and function of the lungs. Pleura are membranes that line the chest wall and provide a lubricated, friction-free surface for the lungs to expand and contract against. There are four types of pleural disease: pneumothorax (collapsed lung), pleural effusions, pleurisy, and pleural mesothelioma.

Learn more about pleural disease:

  • Risk factors
  • Symptoms
  • Treatment
  • Empyema vs. pleural effusion
  • Pleural plaques
  • Pleural plaques and thickening