Asbestos is a very deadly material, not found in nature, but to the human body when there is a fair amount of exposure. Mesothelioma is the word you will hear most-often thrown around with regard to asbestos exposure because this is the type of lung cancer that most often develops when there has been exposure to asbestos for any significant amount of time. Asbestos exposure has been the core problem that has plagued many in the manufacturing sector for the last hundred years. It is a wonderful building product. The only real drawback to using asbestos is the cancer it creates in humans who work with it.
The health concerns of asbestos include also asbestosis, which is the precursor to mesothelioma. These two conditions are created by the presence of asbestos fibers in the human lungs. These are tiny, microscopic particles that break off from a piece of asbestos and can them be inhaled into the lungs. Once they have been taking into the lungs, there is no real way of getting them out. And like any foreign substance put into the human system and left there for long periods of time, there is likely to be fallout and health consequences.
Mesothelioma is most likely going to be the result of prolonged asbestos exposure. The fibers from asbestos are mostly invisible and so the damage is being done without awareness in most cases. Since the fibers will only remain in the lungs, the condition may start forming in as little as a few months. However, since it is sometimes a slowly-developing disease and condition, the effects might take as long as a few years to surface and for symptoms to start appearing.
These symptoms from mesothelioma are similar in most cases and revolve around the chest area and breathing problems. Shortness of breath is common, as is fatigue. Any time there is cancer in the body, the body will tend to lack energy. Chest pains may be the next result. If any of these symptoms are present for you, consult a doctor immediately. And if you feel like your condition may have been the result of any negligence in safety on the part of a company you worked for, you may be thinking about a lawsuit. Mesothelioma lawsuits are commonplace these days as there have been so many cases of exposure. However, this might be a good thing for you (not that you have a condition) but that you might have been done wrong and so entitled to a large compensation. Talk with your doctor first, your attorney next.