Asbestos is the name for a naturally occurring fibre like material that has been mined and used in different industries since the late 1800’s.
Your exposure to asbestos may have occurred many years ago. However, it can be several years before symptoms become evident and you might have only recently developed symptoms or been diagnosed.
Asbestos related disease is still a major industrial health issue and coping with asbestos related diseases can be a difficult and worrying time for you and your family.
Asbestos related diseases
Asbestosis – Asbestosis is a more serious form of damage to the lungs. It is caused by inhaling a large amount of asbestos dust over a period of time. The asbestos fibres irritate and damage the lung. This damage can prevent the absorption of oxygen by the lung leading to breathlessness. First symptoms usually arise not less than 20 years following exposure. For further information on Asbestosis… Contact Us now.
Lung Cancer – If a person has been exposed to asbestos and has also smoked, there is a greater risk of developing lung cancer. It will usually take 20 years or more from being exposed to asbestos before the cancer develops. It is easier to claim compensation if there has already been a diagnosis of asbestosis as a person can develop lung cancer by smoking alone. However, if there has been high exposure to asbestos, specialist doctors believe this can cause lung cancer without first causing asbestosis. For further information on Lung Cancer… Contact Us now.
Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos. It is usually a tumour of the pleura, which is the lining between the lung and the rib cage. It can affect other body parts. There is no connection between cigarette smoking and mesothelioma. There is usually a long delay between exposure to asbestos and symptoms, at least 20 years. Only small amounts of asbestos dust can cause mesothelioma. For further information on Mesothelioma… Contact Us now.