Pleural Plaque, Asbestosis, Lung Cancer
The most common diseases linked to asbestos exposure is mesothelioma but, there are others that should be mentioned, as well. The following are the known diseases caused by the ingestion of asbestos fibers.
Pleural plaque is a fibrosis in the tissue of the pleura. That is a build up of fibrous tissue the body creates to repair any structural damage (in this case, from exposure to asbestos.) This plaque can be partly calcified and can hinder the lung function making it difficult to breathe. Although it, in itself, is not cancerous, it can be an indicator of more serious asbestos-related diseases to come. This is a very common condition among those exposed to asbestos.
Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the lungs that is brought about by the inhaling of asbestos fibers over a long period of time. The inflammation aggravates the tissues causing scarring and hardening of the lungs. Symptoms include a gradual increase of shortness of breath, a dry crackling sound in the lungs, chest pain, coughing and fatigue. This is not a cancerous disease and does not cause cancer but it can lead to respiratory or cardiac failure. There is no cure for asbestosis at this time, but the symptoms can be treated making breathing easier for the patient.
Lung cancer can be caused by over exposure to asbestos fibers. It is not the same thing as pleural mesothelioma but both diseases can occur at the same time. Lung cancer affects the lung tissues while mesothelioma attacks the lining of the lungs. Lung cancer is responsible for the most asbestos-related deaths. A deadly combination is asbestos ingestion and the smoking of tobacco products. Those who have been exposed to both carcinogens have a much higher risk of contracting lung cancer than those who have only had contact with asbestos. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, hoarseness, chest pains and anemia. The prospects for an asbestos-related lung cancer patient are grim but, depending on the stage, size and the type of cancer, surgery and certain treatments may be effective.
If you, or a loved one, are suffering from any of these asbestos-related diseases, contact an experienced and caring Georgia mesothelioma attorney at The Buck Law Firm today. We are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.