In this section, we explain some of the lung conditions that can be caused by asbestos exposure.
There are four main lung conditions associated with breathing in asbestos fibres:
- Non-malignant (not cancerous) pleural disease - pleural plaques, diffuse (widespread) pleural thickening and non-malignant (not cancerous) pleural effusion (which is a collection of fluid around the lungs).
- Asbestosis - a non-malignant (not cancerous) scarring of the lungs
- Asbestos-related lung cancer
If you have been exposed to asbestos, it’s common for areas of the pleura to become thickened. These areas are called pleural plaques. On this page we explain what pleural plaques are.
Diffuse pleural thickening
On this page, we explain what diffuse (or widespread) pleural thickening is, symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and how it’s treated.