Asbestos-related disorders facts
- Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been
linked to human lung disease.
- All forms of asbestos increase the risk of lung disease.
- The three types of asbestos-related lung disease are scarring (asbestosis),
non-cancerous disease of the tissue of the lining of the surface of the lung
(pleural disease), and lung cancer (of the lungs or their outer lining tissue [mesothelioma]).
- Asbestosis is a process of lung tissue scarring caused by asbestos
- Asbestos is the only known risk factor for malignant mesothelioma, a
cancer that affects the tissue lining the lung (pleura) or abdomen
- The time between exposure to asbestos and the development of cancer can
be anywhere from 10 to 40 or more years.
- Smoking appears to increase the frequency and/or the rate of progression
- Diagnosis of asbestosis or asbestos-related lung diseases and cancer is
often made using
chest X-rays or
CT scans of the lungs.
- Treatment of asbestos-related diseases includes
appropriate vaccinations, treatment of lung infections,
smoking cessation, and the use of oxygen if necessary.
- If asbestos is suspected in a building, an expert in
asbestos abatement should be consulted for inspection,
correction, and maintenance.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2015