Many people have heard of asbestos and are generally aware that it is dangerous. However, you may have wondered about the specific health risks of asbestos and asbestos exposure. Significant amounts of exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of a number of serious health concerns, including lung cancer mesothelioma and nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders, including asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, and pleural effusions.
Certain risk factors influence the impact of asbestos exposure on an individual. Risk factors include the concentration of the asbestos exposure to which the individual was subjected, specifically referring to exposure to asbestos fibers, the duration of exposure, or length of time the individual was exposed to asbestos, the exposure frequency, including how often the individual was exposed to asbestos during the period of time in question, and the size, shape and chemical composition of the asbestos fibers to which the individual was exposed. Different types and sizes of asbestos fibers can impact the human body differently.
According to research, there is a clear link between asbestos exposure and respiratory cancers. Asbestos exposure may be linked to some other types of cancers, as well. Asbestos exposure can be dangerous and life threatening for victims and, at times, their families. The detrimental health effects of asbestos exposure can continue beyond the period of exposure and can impact a worker, for instance, years later. Clearly, there is a serious toll that asbestos exposure and asbestos-related illnesses can take on the lives of victims and their families. As a result, it is important to be knowledgeable about the health consequences of asbestos exposure and the legal options available to help victims and their families who have been harmed.