Many people associate mesothelioma cancers with asbestos, but that is not the only disease that can develop after exposure has occurred. Without knowing it, most mesothelioma patients' diagnoses begin as asbestosis cases.
As prolonged exposure to asbestos occurs, the lungs are scarred by asbestos fibers and become inflamed. This scarring can eventually limit the lungs' ability to deliver oxygen to and remove carbon dioxide from the blood, causing symptoms such as shortness of breath, dry cough, or chest pain. For some exposure victims, there are no symptoms to report to a doctor.
This scarring and inflammation of the lungs becomes known as asbestosis.
Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos at some point in their life should alert their doctor to the risk of an asbestosis diagnosis. The latency period of asbestosis can be anywhere from 10 to 50 years, so routine check ups are necessary.
Asbestosis can lead to fatal diseases like asbestos lung cancer and different types of mesothelioma. Early detection of these diseases increases your chance for a longer, healthier life. If you know you have been exposed to asbestos at some point in the past, contact your doctor today. Even without symptoms, your lungs might be struggling to perform due to your past exposure.
If you have been diagnosed with a disease like asbestosis, do not hesitate to contact an experienced asbestos attorney today. Many asbestosis victims have been awarded compensation for medical bills, pain, suffering, and more from those responsible for their debilitating conditions.