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What Are The Warning Signs of Asbestos-Related Diseases?

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It is important to know the signs and symptoms of asbestos-related diseases as early diagnosis yields the best prognosis. Being exposed to asbestos can cause diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis, Mesothelioma, pleural plaques and pleural fibrosis.

In the majority of asbestos-related conditions, the disease affects the lungs but with Mesothelioma, the lining of the lungs and abdominal cavities are involved. The symptoms, however, are often the same. Let your physician know if you develop any of the following symptoms:

 Difficulty swallowing
 Significant weight loss
 Loss of appetite
 Chest pain
 A dry, non-productive cough
 Blood in your sputum
 Shortness of breath
 Abdominal pain or the collection of fluid in the abdominal area

During an examination, your physician may find other signs of asbestos-related disease such as abnormal lung sounds and irregularities on x-rays or CT scans. If he suspects these symptoms are related to asbestos, he will order more tests to assist with his diagnosis. Tests can include the analysis of fluids that have collected in your lungs or abdomen as well as a biopsy of tumors found in the lungs.

Most importantly, it is important to know the high-risk professions for asbestos exposure. If you or a family member work in any of these professions, please pay attention to any of the above symptoms:

 Construction
 Insulator
 Asbestos or mining industry
 Automobile mechanic, brakes or clutches
 Pipe fitter
 Demolition worker
 A renovator of older buildings
 Shipbuilding

If you or someone you love have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques, pleural effusion, pleural thickening, pleural fibrosis, or lung cancer, please call The Mulligan Law firm to discuss your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your asbestos-related injury.

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