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Is Asbestosis a Common Disease?

Asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma and lung cancer are rare even among people exposed to asbestos; however, non-malignant diseases such as asbestosis are more common.

answered by Gregory A. Cade

These diseases altogether claim over 12,000-15,000 lives in the United States every year

According to the estimates made by the Environmental Working Group, about 20,317 deaths have occurred because of asbestosis in the United States between the years 1999 and 2013. There are chances of asbestosis cases to be underreported as the symptoms of asbestosis are quite similar to those of common respiratory diseases.

The incidence of asbestosis is dependent on the cumulative dose of inhaled asbestos fibers, which means that the greater the cumulative dose, the higher is the incidence of asbestosis. According to experts’ estimate, there is a 1% risk of developing asbestosis following exposure to a cumulative dose of nearly 10 fiber-year/m3. In addition, several medical studies have suggested that the risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses increases with the dose and duration of exposure to asbestos. Therefore, if you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, then there are considerable chances of developing a serious disease.

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