Asbestosis and Mesothelioma

Asbestosis is considered as one of the most severe lung disease but this is not a form of cancer. It is a build up of scar tissue on the lungs that impedes the expansion and contraction of the lungs. This is usually a result of prolonged exposure from the dangerous substances of asbestos.

The symptoms of the illness are a shortness of breath that occurs after physical exertion, chest pain and coughing. For a more severe condition, the shortness of breath occurs even at times of rest. Asbestosis is often misdiagnosed as asthma because many of the symptoms are similar, and physicians see a lot more cases of asthma than asbestosis.

Mesothelioma on the other hand is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium of certain internal organs. The most commonly attacked organ by this type of asbestos related cancer is the lungs but it also attack other organs such as the stomach, heart and kidneys.

Mesothelioma symptoms are almost similar to asbestosis. Other symptoms also include coughing, chest pain, and difficulty sleeping due to the difficulty breathing, weight loss and fluid in the chest.