Lung Cancer & Asbestos-Related Diseases

 
WHAT IS YOUR DANGER IF YOU'VE BEEN
EXPOSED TO ASBESTOS?
 
Aside from the severe consequences of Mesothelioma, exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can cause serious, often fatal diseases and debilitating conditions that will ruin the quality of your life.
 
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DISEASES CAUSED BY EXPOSURE TO AIRBORNE ASBESTOS

PRIMARY RISKS
 
Mesothelioma
Lung Cancer
Asbestosis
 
HEIGHTENS THE RISK OF
 
Stomach Cancer
Gall Bladder Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Cancer of the Larynx
WARNING SIGNS
FOR ASBESTOSIS
 

The effects of long-term exposure to asbestos typically don't show up for 10 to 40 years after initial exposure. Asbestosis signs and symptoms can include:

 

Shortness of Breath
 
A Persistent, Dry Cough
 
Loss of Appetite with Weight Loss
 
Fingertips and Toes That Appear Wider and Rounder Than Normal (Clubbing)
 
Chest Tightness or Pain
WARNING SIGNS FOR LUNG CANCER
 
Lung cancer typically doesn't cause signs and symptoms in its earliest stages. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer typically occur only when the disease is advanced. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer may include:

 

A New Cough That Doesn't Go Away
 
Changes in a Chronic (or "Smoker's") Cough
 
Coughing Up Blood (even a small amount)
 
Shortness of Breath
 
Chest Pain
 
Wheezing
 
Hoarseness
 
Losing Weight Without Trying
 
Bone Pain
 
Headache
 
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
 
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms that worry you.

 

If you have a history of exposure to asbestos and you're experiencing any of the symptoms listed on this website, talk to your doctor about the possibility of Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, Asbestosis or other asbestos-related diseases.

 

Smoking can compound your difficulties. If you smoke and have been unable to quit, make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor can recommend strategies for quitting smoking, such as counseling, medications and nicotine replacement products.