Asbestos has been the hot topic for the last couple of years, mostly because of the dangers it poses to humans. Asbestos exposure causes many different illnesses, and all of them are severe. Asbestos has been used in construction materials for decades. It wasn’t until recently that asbestos-related illnesses have become more frequent and the dangers are becoming more widely known and researched. Below we will discuss 5 of the more common diseases caused by asbestos.


Mesothelioma is the only cancer that is caused only from asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma affects the lungs, chest walls, and abdomen wall. Mesothelioma symptoms include fluid around the heart, lungs, and abdomen, as well as shortness of breath. Mesothelioma, if not treated, can cause severe illness and eventually death.

Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure can also cause lung cancer. Lung cancer can cause severe respiratory illnesses and can spread to other parts of the body, making treatment very difficult.


Asbestosis is the scarring and inflammation of the lungs because of asbestos fibers. Asbestosis can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightening. It can lead to lung cancer, mesothelioma, and heart disease.

Pleural Thickening

Pleural thickening is created from scarring and thickens the lining of the lungs. This can cause chest pains and breathing problems. Pleural thickening is the most common illness from asbestos exposure.

Pleural Effusion

Pleural effusions are created when excess fluid accumulates around the lungs, making it hard to breathe. This can lead to severe respiratory distress.

Above are the more common asbestos-related illnesses. If you have any of the symptoms listed above and think you may have been exposed to asbestos, see your doctor. They will need to provide testing for asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure is hazardous and can cause death. If you believe you have asbestos in your home, have it tested by a professional.