Some patients will have no symptoms at all while other patients will have very debilitating and potentially fatal symptoms.
Such symptoms include:
- shortness of breath
- continuous and productive cough
- tightness in the chest
- loss of appetite
- dry, crackling sound with inhaling
This is a rare cancer that affects the lining of the chest cavity, the outside of the lung (pleura) or abdominal area (peritoneum).
Lung cancer is a malignant disease that invades and obstructs the lung's air passages.
There is speculation that asbestos exposure can also lead to gastrointestinal and colorectal cancers, as well as cancers of the kidney, brain, larynx, and bladder. But no definitive correlation has been found.
Asbestos poses no health threat so long as the products that contain asbestos remain undamaged or disturbed. The best idea is to just leave these products alone. If you are planning renovations either on an older house, or using products that still contain asbestos, make sure you contractor is trained and qualified to ensure that any disturbed asbestos is cleaned up. Also, ensure that all damaged or worn asbestos gloves, stove-top pads, or ironing board covers are thrown away and that local health, environmental, and other regulations are followed for proper, safe disposal.
Sources: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/asbestos (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry); www.epa.gov (United States Environmental Protection Agency); www.nhlbi.nih.gov (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute); www.medicinenet.com