Last updated: September 3, 2019

What Does Asbestosis Mean?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos, which is a soft grey fibrous silicate mineral used for heat insulation.

It also refers to interstitial (parenchymal) fibrosis from asbestos. Individuals working or living in asbestos polluted environment may get this disease.

Safeopedia Explains Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the parenchymal tissue of the lungs. The patients are most often exposed to the asbestos during the mining, manufacturing and handling processes. Affected individuals experience shortness of breath (dyspnea) and are at a high risk of lung cancer. Asbestosis damages the lung tissues and leads to breathing complications that are not treatable.


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