Diseases related to asbestos exposure

Although bans and restrictions on asbestos use have been in place in the United States since 1972, diseases caused by asbestos exposure still affect Americans. In fact, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses every year because of the delayed effect of asbestos exposure. These diseases include mesothelioma, asbestosis, malignant lung cancer and other cancers. 

Nearly all health complications from asbestos exposure result from employment in industrial professions involving high temperatures, such as power plants, steel mills, chemical plants, various manufacturing facilities and construction sites. Asbestos fibers can stick to hair and clothes, making them easy to transfer to others. Even if you've never worked in a high-risk industry or profession, a family member may have inadvertently brought asbestos fibers into your home, exposing spouses and children to its harmful effects. 

Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer and Asbestosis

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that usually develops several years after exposure to asbestos and affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen. The latency period can be 20 to 50 years between the time of the first exposure and the onset of the disease. Unlike other asbestos-related diseases, mesothelioma can develop with even minimal exposure to asbestos. There is no known cure for this disease, although the progression of the disease is often treated with chemotherapy. 

Lung cancer can also be caused by asbestos exposure. While many doctors readily attribute lung cancer to smoking, it has been found that smoking, along with asbestos exposure, increases the risk of developing lung cancer. 

Asbestosis also develops after long-term exposure. It is a scarring of the lungs that over time affects breathing. Shortness of breath is a common symptom of asbestosis. Although asbestosis is a non-malignant disease, it can cause severe shortness of breath that is fatal in some extreme cases. 

Common job sites with significant asbestos exposure in Michigan include Great Lakes Steel, Dow Chemical in Midland, McLouth Steel, Detroit Edison Power Plants, Ford Rouge Steel Plant, and Consumer Power Plants. If you or a family member has had mesothelioma, lung cancer, or asbestosis, contact an experienced Michigan asbestos mesothelioma attorney as soon as possible. 

Other cancers

Long-term exposure to materials containing asbestos can also contribute to malignant lung cancer and other cancers, including cancers of the throat, stomach, and rectum. 


In order to prove that a case of mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, or other cancer was caused by asbestos exposure, a Michigan mesothelioma attorney must be able to identify the products to which the victim has been exposed. Only experienced asbestos lawyers can properly prepare and resolve an asbestos-related personal injury case. Due to the complex nature of these matters, it is important to contact a Michigan mesothelioma attorney immediately. It is easier for a lawyer to obtain information before a patient becomes too ill or dies. This first-hand information is necessary to build a strong business. With the right information, Michigan mesothelioma attorneys can fight for you and your family the justice they deserve. 

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