Asbestosis is a serious threat to one’s health because it can cause severe forms of lung disease. Asbestosis is one form of asbestos disease. Asbestosis is a scarring of the lung tissue. Scarring of the lung tissue by asbestosis decreases the ability of the lung to exchange these gases.
Second, one’s chances of developing a tumor or cancer of the lung is five times greater than normal if exposed to asbestos. Malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, is a disease in which cancer cells are found in the sac lining the chest, the lining of the abdominal cavity, or the lining around the heart. Malignant mesothelioma is an uncommon cancer that is difficult to diagnose and poorly responsive to therapy. Malignant mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos-related diseases.
Most people with malignant mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they breathed asbestos. Others mesothelioma victims have been exposed to asbestos in a household environment, often without knowing it.