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What are the symptoms of asbestos exposure?

While asbestos exposure is a key risk factor for multiple cancers and the chronic condition asbestosis, there are no immediate symptoms or warning signs of exposure. Indeed, a person may go for years or decades without suffering any consequence or even knowing they have been exposed to the substance.

Asbestos is a term that describes the fibrous form taken by multiple types of mineral. It occurs naturally in many sites around the world and has long been recognized for its flame-retardant and heat protectant properties; after first being mined on a large scale in the late 1900s, it’s been recognized in the past several decades as a carcinogen. Because it’s easily able to be shredded into microscopic pieces, it can be breathed in. The pieces are too small to be felt, and they’re odorless and tasteless. Many victims have been exposed to the substance unknowingly, for instance when it became mixed with talc.

What are the symptoms of asbestos exposure?

The diseases caused by asbestos—mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis—all take 10 to 50 years to develops. Eventually symptoms will emerge. In the case of asbestosis, the problem is scar tissue built up in the lungs, and symptom s include shortness of breath and a sense of tightness in the chest. Symptoms of mesothelioma can be mild at first and include coughing, chest pain, stomach pain, lack of appetite or difficulty eating, coughing up blood and, again, shortness of breath. Asbestos lung cancer, like all lung cancers, is also likely to cause breathing problems and coughing.

There are no symptoms that are specific to asbestos exposure or its associated diseases. For this reason, people with a history of asbestos exposure should be vigilant for any sign that something is amiss with their health.

What are the symptoms of asbestos exposure?

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