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- Repeated exposure to asbestos fibers
- Living with a person who works near exposed asbestos fibers
- Exposure to other fibers (erionite, fluoro-edenite, and refractory ceramic)
- Exposure to ionizing radiation
- Trouble breathing
- Long-lasting cough
- Pain under the rib cage or in the abdomen
- Pain while breathing
- Weight loss and fatigue
- Blood tests
- Factory workers
- Insulation workers
- Railroad workers
- Ship builders
- Makers of gas masks
- Construction workers
- Workers should use proper safety equipment and precautions.
- Workers should use safety measures to avoid bringing asbestos dust home on their clothing.
- Areas of exposed asbestos must be checked by experts. This may be old public buildings and homes with asbestos shingles, tiles, or insulation.
- Exposed areas must be removed by proper means or sealed off.
- A homeowner untrained in asbestos abatement should never attempt to remove asbestos material.
American Lung Association http://www.lungusa.org
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Cancer Care Ontario http://www.cancercare.on.ca
Antunes G, Neville E, Duffy J, Ali N on behalf of the BTS Pleural Disease Group. BTS guidelines for the management of malignant pleural effusions. Thorax . 2003;58:ii29
Cugell DW, Kamp DW. Asbestos and the pleura: a review. Chest . 2004;125:1103-1117.
General information about malignant mesothelioma. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malignantmesothelioma/patient. Accessed May 29, 2013.
Nishimura SL, Broaddus VC. Asbestos-induced pleural disease. Clin Chest Med . 1998;19:311-329.
Occupational lung disease. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lung.org/assets/documents/publications/solddc-chapters/occupational.pdf. Published 2010. Accessed May 29, 2013.
Roberts JR. Surgical treatment of mesothelioma: pleurectomy. Chest . 1999;116(6 Suppl):446S-449S.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 02/2014
- Update Date: 06/20/2013