What to Do If You Think You Have Been Exposed to Asbestos
Once one of the most popular construction materials in the world, the serious health risks of asbestos are common knowledge. Although using asbestos for construction purposes is illegal and has been for many years, it is still present in many buildings throughout the country, making it a serious threat even today.
Regular exposure to Asbestos can be harmful, in whatever case, if you are unsure, talk to your Doctor.
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In this article, the ProDEM team will be taking a look at what to do if you think that you’ve been exposed to asbestos, from recognising the symptoms to finding the proper treatment.
With over 2000 asbestos-related deaths a year in the UK, the health risks associated with asbestos are incredibly serious. Asbestos exposure can lead to a variety diseases, the symptoms of which may not develop for up to around 50 years after exposure. Here is a list of the 3 most common diseases caused by exposure to asbestos:
- Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lung tissue, and almost always proves fatal.
- Lung cancer, which is almost always fatal.
- Asbestosis is a scarring of the lungs. A particularly debilitating disease that, while not always fatal, can lead to lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Symptoms and management of asbestos exposure
As stated previously, the symptoms associated with the diseases caused by asbestos can take years to develop properly. Under normal circumstances, in order for an asbestos-related disease to develop, it takes regular exposure to the fibres which are released by asbestos; however, short term exposure to fibres has been known to lead to disease.
If you think that you’ve been exposed to asbestos, the first thing you should do is make an appointment with your doctor, and routinely return for check ups in order to track the possible development of symptoms through the years.
In order to do this in your own time too, it’s important to understand just what the symptoms are. Noticing the symptoms early will allow you to pursue proper treatment, so be sure to visit your GP if you notice any of the following:
- Wheezing cough / dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Breathing difficulty
- Rapid weight loss
- Fever and fatigue
What to do if you have recognised the symptoms
If symptoms have developed, talk with your doctor about seeing a mesothelioma specialist or oncologist. Your doctor will be able to determine whether your symptoms are those of mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, or if they are due to something unrelated.
If you have been to the doctor but are still worried, don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion. It’s possible that symptoms are misdiagnosed at first, so specialist advice will offer you some closure.
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