Asbestosis Conditions

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This information describes what asbestos is and the lung conditions that are caused by exposure to it. Find out about symptoms, treatments and compensation available.

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What illnesses are associated with asbestos?

Asbestos diseases are caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Malignant asbestos diseases include mesothelioma, lung cancer, ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer. Nonmalignant asbestos diseases include asbestosis, COPD, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, pleural effusion and atelectasis.

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What is asbestosis disease?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that is caused by prolonged exposure to high concentrations of asbestos fibers in the air. Though asbestosis is believed to be mostly an occupational disease, there are reports of secondhand exposure to asbestos containing dust.

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What are the symptoms of asbestosis?

Symptoms of asbestosis

shortness of breath.

persistent cough.


extreme tiredness (fatigue)

pain in your chest or shoulder.

in more advanced cases, clubbed (swollen) fingertips.

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How common is asbestosis?

Asbestos-Related Disease Statistics Around 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. Asbestos exposure causes at least 90 percent of all mesothelioma cases. From 1999-2010, approximately 6,300 Americans lost their lives to asbestosis.

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