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Diseases Related to Asbestos Beyond Mesothelioma

Most people who own a television have seen ads that are directed towards victims of asbestos exposure or who have passed away from an asbestos-related disease known as mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is almost always fatal. However, if it is diagnosed and treated as soon as symptoms begin to manifest, victims might add decades to their life expectancy.

It is important for individuals exposed to asbestos to understand that mesothelioma is not the only medical condition caused by such exposure. Even seemingly unrelated conditions like ovarian cancer may be linked to asbestos exposure, talcum powder usage or prolonged contact with a loved one who was exposed to asbestos. In such cases, victims are generally entitled to compensation for the suffering that exposure has caused them.

Other Diseases Caused by Asbestos Exposure

Louisiana residents may be exposed to asbestos in a variety of settings. Some of these settings include:

  • Shipyards
  • Oil drilling
  • Oil refining
  • Power generation plants
  • Old residential and commercial buildings

Once exposed to asbestos, individuals may develop mesothelioma or a variety of other conditions.

Ovarian Cancer - A 2012 research study performed by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has confirmed that asbestos exposure is a cause of ovarian cancer. Of the cases uncovered by the IARC, many affected women had husbands or fathers that worked with asbestos. In addition, some women may have used asbestos-contaminated talc that was part of their hygiene routine.

Laryngeal Cancer - The primary cause of laryngeal cancer, which is a rare form of cancer, appears to be smoking combined with alcohol. However, a 2006 report from the National Institutes of Health indicates that asbestos exposure causes cancer of the larynx, also known as the voice box. In 2012, IRAC confirmed the 2006 research.

Asbestosis - Asbestosis is a progressive pulmonary disease that occurs when asbestos fibers become lodged in the lungs. Its painful symptoms can be mitigated by patient use of oxygen tanks, inhalers, and pain medications. If medications and other treatments fail, doctors may operate to remove scar tissue in order to improve breathing function.

Finger clubbing - Finger clubbing is best described as a thickening of a patient's fingertips which makes them appear rounded. A host of diseases cause finger clubbing and patients who have suffered asbestos exposure may see a doctor before the underlying disease associated with this disorder is diagnosed. Some diseases, common to those suffering from asbestos exposure includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Hodgkin's disease, and lymphoma. Other than a distorted appearance of the fingers, clubbing by itself is harmless. But, it is often a sign of a potentially serious disease.

Benign Pleural Disease - The linings of human lungs are called the pleura. The most common pleural disease is pleuritis which is an uncomfortable rubbing of the layers. It is a painful condition and pain medication is helpful in managing pain. 

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