People often associate mesothelioma with asbestos, but that’s not the only condition that can occur because of exposure to this toxic substance. The problematic part of this situation is that the symptoms of these conditions don’t always show up at the time of the asbestos exposure.
In many cases, the conditions that are associated with these fibers won’t appear for years or even decades after the exposure. This can often make it difficult to determine exactly what’s going on and how it ties in with the asbestos. Once symptoms start to show, these conditions can rapidly worsen.
Other illnesses that can stem from asbestos
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form that’s the result of asbestos exposure. Peritoneal mesothelioma is also possible. People who are exposed to asbestos are also at an increased risk of ovarian and laryngeal cancers. Research isn’t conclusive, but it’s been suggested that pharyngeal, stomach, colorectal and esophageal cancers may also be attributed to asbestos exposure.
Cardiovascular conditions can also occur, but these are usually secondary conditions to mesothelioma or asbestosis. These are often associated with people who were smokers. As is the case with many asbestos-related conditions, prompt treatment is necessary for these diseases.
People who were exposed to asbestos directly through work or indirectly through exposure from someone else bringing home fibers on their clothing are at risk of significant health issues. Getting medical care for these issues is critical, but it can be costly. Seeking compensation for these conditions can help them to get the care they need so they can focus on enjoying their life.