Asbestos Disease Overview

Evidence of asbestos-related diseases has been around since the 1st century A.D., when the Roman historian Pliny the Elder noted that asbestos miners were dying younger than other slaves. Since the 1930’s, medical research has linked asbestos exposure to numerous life-threatening illnesses and conditions.

Here is additional information on asbestos-related diseases:

  • Mesothelioma
    Malignant mesothelioma is a very serious form of cancer affecting the smooth lining of the chest, lungs, heart and abdomen.  Approximately 3,200 new cases of malignant mesothelioma are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
  • Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
    Asbestos lung cancer has the same symptoms, treatment options, and prognosis as other forms of lung cancer, the only difference is that its cause may be traced back to asbestos exposure.
  • Asbestosis
    Asbestosis is a respiratory disorder caused by the prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers.  Once they become embedded in the tissue of the lungs, the fibers cause severe inflammation that can lead to scarring, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pain. Asbestosis symptoms get worse as the disease progresses.