Whether you show any symptoms of asbestos exposure or not, if you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, it’s important to get regular follow-ups with qualified medical professionals in the interest of early detection and intervention. Lung cancer and mesothelioma are commonly associated with asbestos exposure. However, there are a wide range of conditions that are associated with exposure to asbestos, including:
- Parenchymal asbestosis
- Asbestos-related pleural abnormalities
- Lung cancer
- Pleural mesothelioma
- Peritoneal mesothelioma
- Other (outside the chest) cancers, including laryngeal, pharyngeal, esophageal, stomach and colorectal cancers
Although asbestos-related diseases are not usually treatable or curable, there are some measures doctors can take to protect individuals who have been exposed to asbestos:
- Taking exposure and medical histories
- Performing regular physical examinations
- Performing regular chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests to look for early signs of asbestos-related diseases
Everyone who smokes should stop. It is even more important for victims with asbestos-related lung diseases to quit smoking, as smoking exacerbates the effects of asbestos exposure.
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