Asbestos-Related Diseases (Beyond Mesothelioma)
Asbestos exposure can lead to various serious health conditions, extending beyond the well-known link to mesothelioma. Understanding these asbestos-related diseases is essential for raising awareness and promoting safety measures. Here’s a concise list of diseases associated with asbestos exposure:
- A chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.
- Results in scarring of lung tissues, leading to breathing difficulties.
- Lung Cancer:
- Asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing lung cancer.
- Smokers with asbestos exposure face a significantly higher risk.
- Pleural Effusion:
- Accumulation of fluid between the layers of the pleura (lung lining).
- Can cause chest pain and difficulty breathing.
- Pleural Plaques:
- Non-cancerous calcifications on the pleura due to asbestos exposure.
- Pleural Thickening:
- Scarring and thickening of the pleura.
- May result in respiratory problems.
- Diffuse Pleural Thickening:
- Widespread and extensive scarring of the pleura.
- Formation of scar tissue in the lungs or other organs due to asbestos exposure.
- Laryngeal Cancer:
- Asbestos exposure increases the risk of cancer in the larynx (voice box).
- Ovarian Cancer:
- Some studies suggest a potential link between asbestos exposure and ovarian cancer.
- Gastrointestinal Issues:
- Swallowing asbestos fibers may cause stomach and intestinal problems.
Asbestos exposure can have far-reaching health implications, affecting not only the lungs but also other organs and systems. Implementing proper safety measures and avoiding exposure is crucial in preventing these asbestos-related diseases.