Asbestos Cancer Symptoms

The symptoms of asbestos cancer will depend greatly on the type of asbestos cancer you develop. The symptoms of asbestos cancer, such as asbestos lung cancer, are the same as lung cancer not caused by asbestos.

An important factor for any cancer diagnosis is early detection, so if you know you have been exposed to asbestos, it is imperative that you let your doctor and other health care providers know this. Armed with this information, your physician will be better able to determine when something mundane should be investigated further because of your increased risk of asbestos cancer.

Am I at risk of asbestos cancer?

Your job is the most likely culprit of asbestos cancer. Several industries show more asbestos cancers across their numbers than others. Did your job put you at risk? Asbestos cancer risk factors.

Because asbestos fibers remain in the body so long, symptoms of asbestos-related diseases may only appear decades after the asbestos has been inhaled. Common symptoms of an asbestos-related cancer include:

If any of these symptoms develop and you believe you may have worked with—or been around someone who has worked with—asbestos, make an appointment to see your doctor immediately. He or she can then decide what steps to take to determine if there is a diagnosis of asbestos cancer.

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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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