Types of Cancer Caused By Asbestos

Mesothelioma is most commonly classified by the location in the body where it develops. Specifically, the cancer forms in the lining of certain organs or spaces within the body, known as the mesothelium. Mesothelioma typically develops in one of three specific areas.

Mesothelioma

aggressive form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Caused by asbestos, according to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control, 2,400 – 2,800 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year. People who have worked with or been exposed to asbestos have the highest risk of developing mesothelioma.

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Asbestos Lung Cancer

Companies and manufacturers have mined and used asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, for commercial purposes in North America since the late 1800s. When someone disturbs an asbestos-containing product, they release the microscopic fibers into the air. If inhaled, these thin fibers can become trapped in the lungs. Over long periods of time, they can accumulate and cause inflammation, scarring and other critical health problems.

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Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory and scarring disease affecting the tissue of the lungs. People with the condition may experience severe shortness of breath and are at an increased risk for certain cancers, including lung cancer and, less commonly, mesothelioma. It is caused by the breathing in and retention of asbestos fibers. It usually occurs after high intensity and/or long-term exposure to asbestos.

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$32 Billion Set Aside for Mesothelioma Victims

Act Now to Recover the funds you deserve. There are time limitations to filing an asbestos injury claim with the Asbestos Trust.