Knowing the symptoms of an asbestos-related disease and how these conditions are diagnosed can be helpful if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos at some time in your life.
While some treatments can help with asbestos-related conditions, it’s important to detect the illness early and seek treatment immediately. Learn more about the symptoms and diagnostic processes used here.
Common symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses
Many people don’t have symptoms of an asbestos-related illness for several years after exposure. There are cases of people going 40 or more years before symptoms appear. However, knowing the symptoms of these conditions will help you know when to seek treatment. They include:
- Face or neck swelling
- Shortness of breath
- Prolonged hoarseness or issues swallowing
- A new cough
- Weight loss
- Pain in the abdomen or chest
- Blood when you cough
- Loss of appetite
Remember that your symptoms will be unique to your situation, but these are a few of the most common symptoms that are seen.
How your doctor can diagnose asbestos-related conditions
When diagnosing an asbestos-related illness, there are a few tests and diagnostic procedures your doctor can use. Along with asking about your potential exposure to asbestos materials, your doctor will likely perform lung function tests, lab tests and a chest x-ray. If a condition is suspected, they may perform a CT scan, pleural or lung biopsy or bronchoscopy.
Don’t wait to seek treatment for an asbestos-related illness
When it comes to asbestos exposure, there are more than a few factors to consider. However, you have rights if you suspect that you may have developed a condition due to this exposure. Once you have a diagnosis, you can explore the legal options you have.