Diagnosing Asbestos Cancer

Once you have contacted your physician and explained your symptoms, the doctor may perform a complete physical examination. This may include a chest x-ray and lung function tests. While a chest x-ray cannot determine whether there are asbestos fibers in the lungs, it can help determine whether your lungs may have changed due to asbestos exposure. A x-ray specialist in asbestos-related diseases may be required to examine and interpret your x-rays.

If an abnormal area is found through the x-ray, you may need to have a biopsy to learn if that area is cancerous. In a biopsy, a surgeon or a medical oncogolgist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer) removes a tissue sample. Then this sample is examined under a microscope by a pathologist.

Because asbestos fibers can be found in urine, feces, mucus, or material from the lungs, you may have to undergo additional testing to determine the scope of your condition.

I have been diagnosed with an asbestos cancer, what now?

One of the first things to consider is finding a asbestos cancer specialist to help your research and decide on treatments. Often the physician providing the diagnosis is unfamiliar with the relatively rare cancers caused by asbestos and cannot provide the hope and help that a practiced specialist who regularly treats asbestos cancer patients can. Learn more about the various treatments available for asbestos cancers.

You may also wish to contact a lawyer who specializes in asbestos lawsuits; the companies that manufactured products containing asbestos knew the dangers decades before adequately warning and protecting their employees and compensation may be available to you and your family.

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Shipyard Asbestos

At its peak, 1.7 million workers were employed by U.S. Naval shipyards. Asbestos cladding and insulation was so widely used on ships that every one of these workers was likely exposed to asbestos. [High risk asbestos jobs.]

Asbestos Products

Since 1900, enough asbestos cement pipe has been manufactured to circle the earth more than 17 times. Asbestos has been used in everything from cigarette filters to mattresses, although the most common uses for asbestos over the last century been in materials for industrial and construction purposes. [Products that contain asbestos.]

Malignant Mesothelioma

Lung xray.Mesothelioma cancer is a tumor affecting the thin membranes lining some of the body's internal cavities and organs. An aggressive and deadly cancer, mesothelioma's only known cause is asbestos exposure, making it exceedingly preventable, had asbestos companies cared to try. [Mesothelioma asbestos cancer.]

Asbestos Cancer Clinical Trials

Interested in learning about new and novel treatments for asbestos cancer? Reading up on the latest clinical trials can be a good way to learn about the cutting edge in medical research. You may even find a program you and your physician think you could benefit from participating in. [Asbestos Cancer: Clinical Trials]

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