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The early symptoms of asbestosis

Asbestos was commonly used in numerous industries, particularly manufacturing and construction, for decades. Many victims of asbestos exposure don't even realize that they were exposed -- until they get sick with an asbestos-related condition.

Secondary asbestos exposure could be the cause of your illness

Many Tennessee residents who are sick with mesothelioma or asbestosis might not know how they became ill. Secondary exposure to asbestos fibers can cause people to become ill even though they might never have worked around this material. This is especially so in older citizens who suffered secondary exposure before the dangers of asbestos became well known.

Are mesothelioma and asbestosis the same illness?

Asbestosis and mesothelioma are two separate illnesses that occur because of asbestos exposure. In the 21st century, exposure to the substance remains a problem despite a widespread reduction of asbestos use. As such, many victims develop mesothelioma or asbestosis in the workplace, by living close to a location contaminated with the substance (e.g. Tennessee Eastman Chemical Company) or by coming into contact with another person exposed to asbestos.

Techniques that doctors use to detect asbestos-related illnesses

One of the most troubling things about asbestos exposure is how long it can take for related illnesses like mesothelioma or asbestosis to manifest. Because it can take anywhere from 10 years to 40 years for symptoms to develop, many Tennessee victims may not even know how or when they were exposed to asbestos.

The ABCs of asbestos

Many people are aware that asbestos is dangerous, but they may not understand how far-reaching the consequences of this mineral's use may be.

Can simian virus 40 cause mesothelioma in humans?

Everything about simian virus 40 (SV40) sounds like something from a Planet of the Apes film. It is a virus that is naturally occurring in monkeys, but humans can become infected as well from exposure to the virus. However, before you start worrying that apes will take over the state of Tennessee or the entire planet, you should probably learn more about the virus and its possible link to cancers like mesothelioma.

Illnesses caused by asbestos exposure

In 1828, the first American patent for asbestos was issued. Since then, an untold number of victims have suffered from exposure to the material. Unfortunately, it took nearly 80 years for a doctor to recognize the link between asbestos exposure and illness. In these more modern times, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates asbestos use, but the material is still used in industry and in many commonly used products.

How to manage asbestosis

Being diagnosed with asbestosis can be very difficult for you to comprehend. Being told by your doctor that you have a serious lung condition that could ultimately kill you is not something you think will happen. But, if you've worked in an industry known for asbestos (shipbuilding and construction), the likelihood that you'll develop asbestosis is much higher than if you didn't work in such an industry.

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