Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial cells and affects the pleura (the lining of the lungs) and the peritoneum (the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract).
Asbestosis is a type of pulmonary fibrosis caused by asbestos fibres which have become lodged in the lungs after being inhaled from the air.
Some asbestos fibres inhaled into lungs work their way out to the pleura and may cause fibrosis or scarring to develop there. This causes the pleura to thicken and this may show up on a chest X-ray.
Pleural plaques are a form of scarring of the outer lining of the lung. Although pleural plaques do not normally cause any symptoms they are an indication of previous exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos Lung Cancer
Asbestos-related lung cancer usually develops after an interval of 20+ years from initial exposure and after substantial exposure to asbestos.
Other conditions that may relate to an asbestos disease
Exposure to Asbestos can lead to various other conditions as well as serious diseases.
If you or someone you know is suffering from one of these asbestos diseases, help is at hand.
The national asbestos expert team of solicitors will begin the claims process for you, to recover the compensation you and your family are entitled to.