The several diseases caused by exposure to asbestos dust are:
1. Lung cancer
As with cigarettes, asbestos dust is also one of the causes of lung cancer. As we have seen, asbestos is a fibrous mineral that can produce dust under certain conditions such as when asbestos is damaged. And if inhaled, then in a long period of time the dust will experience precipitation in the lungs. In this case, the dust will settle in the bronchioles or the walls of the respiratory tract which later in the advanced stages can spread to other organs.
As a result of exposure to high intensity and in a long period of time (around 30 to 40 years), asbestos dust can manifest to cause mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer that attacks the mesothelium which is a protective layer that surrounds the abdomen, lungs, chest, and other internal organs. Asbestos dust can damage the DNA of the mesothelium, so that these conditions will interfere with cell growth.
This is a disease that occurs due to the appearance of scar tissue in the lungs which causes respiratory problems such as shortness of breath, and disruption of oxygen when entering the blood. A person diagnosed with asbestosis can experience some symptoms such as:
Out of breath
Shortness and pain in the chest
Loss of appetite
The sound of the lungs when breathing.
There is no cure for this disease. However, the doctor will help patients to deal with symptoms that may arise, such as oxygen therapy for patients who experience shortness of breath and have low blood oxygen levels.
4. Pleural plaques
Other harmful effects of asbestos exposure are the appearance of spots on the lining of the lungs. When a person is exposed to asbestos dust, it …Read More →