People in Washington State and Oregon who worked in certain jobs in the past might have heard about the dangers of being exposed to asbestos and the potential diseases that can result from it. Those who are especially vulnerable are veterans who might have been stationed on ships with asbestos, shipyard workers, those in the automotive industry, builders and other industries. Given the possible health ramifications from asbestos-related diseases, it is understandable to be concerned. Knowing the risks and diseases that can result is a first step. For those already showing symptoms or who have been diagnosed, it is wise to consider legal avenues.
Factors that go into illnesses after asbestos exposure
If a person was exposed to asbestos, it does not necessarily mean they will get ill. Still, those who were exposed to it regularly for an extended time-period should at least consider the possibility that it is or will eventually be a problem. The amount of asbestos and if the person had a propensity to have a lung condition from other issues is also relevant. A problem with asbestos-related diseases is that they might be latent for one or even two decades before symptoms start to show. People who did work in the above-mentioned industries and are concerned might want to get checked out whether they are experiencing clear symptoms or not.
Asbestos can cause cancer and non-cancerous health challenges
Some people who are ill from asbestos exposure will have asbestosis. This is when the lungs become scarred after a heavy exposure to asbestos over an extended time. If there is chest pain or a cough that will not go away, it could be a sign of asbestosis. Pleural plaque is also a non-cancerous illness from asbestos exposure. The lining covering the chest cavity and lungs is called the pleura. This can negatively impact lung function. Regarding cancers related to asbestos, there is mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Asbestos-related concerns should be addressed with professional assistance
People who were exposed to asbestos in the past but have yet to show symptoms of any illness should still be wary of what can happen. Those who are showing symptoms or are already ill need to act quickly. For advice and assistance, it is useful to consult with those who are experienced with these types of cases to determine the preferable strategy to proceed.