Asbestos is an extremely hazardous substance, which can demonstrate no signs of exposure for long periods. Most of the time mesothelioma patients will not experience any ill effect for up to 40 years. Because of its long latency period, finding early warning signs of asbestos exposure can be very difficult.
There are a number of signs of asbestos exposure; unfortunately none of these symptoms can be considered early signs of any illness related to asbestos exposure. Those who do see signs may not give them proper attention because of their similarity to other common ailments. The symptoms also vary depending on a person’s age, sex, and overall health condition.
Symptoms of asbestos exposure include:
Due to the lack of early symptoms, if someone suspects they have been exposed to asbestos they must inform their physician so that early monitoring for adverse effects of asbestos exposure can begin.
There are different levels of asbestos exposures, which cause different diseases that grow inside the body. Here is a run down of a few:
The most frequently encountered types of asbestos related ailments are asbestosis and mesothelioma cancer; of course, this excludes lung cancer. Of these, mesothelioma cancer is the deadliest.
Mesothelioma is a fatal type of cancer, which occurs in the thin lining of the organs called the Mesothelium. This kind of cancer is usually associated with asbestos exposure in the workplace. Research has shown that those diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer display certain symptoms.
Unfortunately the prognosis for mesothelioma patients is grim. The fact is that no one has ever recovered from the disease; this may be due to the fact that it takes a long time for mesothelioma symptoms to appear and for the cancer to be diagnosed.