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Diagnosing an asbestos-related disease can be challenging due to the diseases’ long latency periods. Symptoms of these diseases may not arise for 10, 20, or even 50 years after asbestos exposure. When symptoms do begin to appear, they are often similar to those of less serious conditions and respiratory illnesses, making asbestos-related diseases even more difficult to accurately diagnose.
The three most common asbestos-related diseases are mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Listed below are the most common symptoms related to each disease. If you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact your doctor immediately.
There are three main types of mesothelioma, each affecting a different part of the body. Symptoms vary depending on the type of mesothelioma.
Asbestosis is a chronic, non-cancerous respiratory disease.
Symptoms of asbestosis may include:
The ratio of lung cancer diagnosed in people directly exposed to asbestos is significantly higher than in the general population.
Some of the more common symptoms of asbestos lung cancer include:
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