Asbestosis is a lung disease commonly caused by excessive and prolonged periods of exposure to asbestos.
Exposure to asbestos causes scarring and thickening of lung tissues, in turn causing the lungs to lose elasticity and their ability to function properly. The main symptom of asbestosis is shortness of breath, however other symptoms include chest pain, tightness around the chest, or an unexplained cough.
If you’ve been exposed to asbestos and think you may be suffering with asbestosis, you should seek advice from your GP where an X-ray, scan or biopsy may be carried out to help diagnose the condition. Oxygen therapy can help relieve the symptoms of asbestosis, but unfortunately the condition cannot be cured.
Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK. In fact, according to the Health & Safety Executive, asbestos-related diseases kill around twenty tradesmen in the UK every single week.
So, are there any other related diseases?
- Lung cancer
- Pleural Thickening
- Pleural plaques, a condition affecting the membranes surrounding the lungs, and the most common of all the asbestos related conditions.
The supply of all materials containing asbestos has now been completely banned in the UK but, as asbestos-related diseases do not tend to become symptomatic until many years after the initial exposure, it will be a long time before the after effects of our use of asbestos finally come to an end.
This is especially so due to asbestos being found in homes, workplaces and public buildings around the country even to this day.
Until asbestos is completely removed, people will continue to be exposed to and affected by it. Likely victims include:
- Workers directly exposed to asbestos (Construction workers, Factory workers)
- Secondary exposure to asbestos in the home or general environment (encountering someone who may have Asbestos on their clothes etc.)
- Families affected by an asbestos-related disease
If you’re suffering with any of the above diseases and may have worked with, or come into contact with Asbestos during the course of your employment give us a call for further expert advice.