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Illnesses associated with exposure to asbestos

Working in an industry that used asbestos can be very dangerous to your health. Asbestos is still present in thousands of buildings across the country because of when they were constructed. The construction industry is exposed to asbestos the most, as crews remove it when remodeling or renovating. Today, we will discuss some of the illnesses that are associated with asbestos exposure.

The three most common illnesses associated with asbestos exposure include lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis. Other illnesses that are caused by exposure to asbestos include ovarian cancer, testicular cancer, laryngeal cancer, pleural effusion, pleural thickening and pleural plaques.

Exposure to asbestos will need to have happened over a lengthy period in order for it to affect your body in some form. Quick exposure without inhaling the dust likely will not lead to any issues. But, extended exposure from working in construction or a shipyard can have lasting effects on your health. The symptoms of asbestos exposure typically take awhile to appear.

The symptoms a patient will exhibit who has lung cancer caused by asbestos include the following:

  • Weight loss that cannot be explained
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the bones
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chronic coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing
  • Pain in the chest

If you have worked in an industry known for asbestos, it is best that you seek medical attention even if you are not exhibiting any symptoms.

Have you suffered an illness due to exposure to asbestos in Louisiana? An attorney can discuss your case with, figure out how to protect your rights and move towards a legal claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Asbestos Exposure: Symptoms and Diseases," accessed Nov. 10, 2017

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