Exposure to asbestos may increase the risk of several serious diseases like mesotheloma cancers:
- Asbestosis—a chronic lung ailment that can produce shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage;
- Lung cancer;
- Mesathelioma—a relatively rare cancer of the thin membranes that line the chest and abdomen; and
- Other cancers, such as those of the larynx, oropharynx,gastrointestinal tract, and kidney.
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Sources of National Cancer Institute Information