Asbestosis is a non-malignant, progressive lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. These fibers become embedded in the lungs when they are inhaled, causing fibrosis. When this happens, breathing is restricted, lung capacity is reduced and scar tissue is developed. The resulting condition is asbestosis, which is permanent and can eventually lead to pulmonary hypertension and cardiac failure.
Some of the symptoms of asbestosis are shortness of breath, a dry, persistent cough and rapid, hoarse breathing. The symptoms of this disease, however, may not appear until decades after the initial exposure to asbestos fibers.
Other types of lung cancer:
Small cell lung cancer
Large cell lung cancer
Stages of lung cancer