Over time, asbestos fibers accumulate in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation. This makes breathing increasingly difficult, and can even lead to cancer and other illnesses. Symptoms of these diseases may not appear until 10 to 50 years after the initial exposure occurred. Each year, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure. About 2,000 to 3,200 people die from asbestos-related lung cancer annually.
An estimated 200,000 people in the U.S. currently are living with asbestosis, an inflammatory lung condition caused by inhaling asbestos. Many other cancers and serious conditions have been linked to exposure. The conditions may be found below.
- Lung Cancer
- Asbestos Cancer
Exposure can occur in many different settings, with certain occupations, products, jobsites and locations at a particularly high risk of exposure.
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