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What types of illnesses can asbestos exposure cause?

Asbestos exposure is a serious concern and can render victims vulnerable to certain diseases and illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. Generally, the greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater chance the individual exposed to asbestos has of developing negative health consequences as a result. The major health dangers associated with asbestos exposure are lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis.

The illnesses caused by asbestos exposure are serious and can result in death. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can be deadly. It is found in the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen and heart. Asbestosis, unlike mesothelioma, is non-cancerous but is a serious and progressive disease of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos can be found in a number of building and construction materials, as well as in other products.

When asbestos fibers are disturbed, they can be inhaled and result in serious health effects. Unfortunately, workers can be exposed to asbestos which can later result in asbestos-related illnesses. It can sometimes take years to fully realize the impact of asbestos exposure. Because of the serious nature of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illnesses, it is important for workers that fall ill to understand the different options that may be available to them which can include workers' compensation benefits or third-party claims for damages in some circumstances.

Workplace illnesses can have a devastating impact on the lives of workers and their families. It is important for workers to understand how to protect themselves in their workplaces and when they have been the victim of a workplace illness.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Learn About Asbestos," Accessed Nov. 23, 2016

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