7 Non-Cancerous Diseases Related to Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a natural mineral widely used in industries like construction, shipbuilding, and manufacturing because of its heat resistance, tensile strength, and insulating properties. In its original state asbestos is generally harmless, but when disturbed and brought into contact with other materials, asbestos fibers released into the air can be inhaled or swallowed causing both malignant and benign mesothelioma.

To help you learn more about this, we’ve put together a list of seven benign, non-cancerous diseases related to asbestos exposure:

Asbestosis is a non-cancerous but severe lung condition that causes dangerous scarring and inflammation to the organ tissue. Because of asbestos contamination, which can be life-threatening, the lungs are unable to properly expand and relax which causes symptoms that include shortness of breath and chest tightness. It is a severe form of interstitial lung disease that caused approximately 1,400 deaths in the U.S. between 2000 and 2007.

Read more about 11 asbestos-related diseases here.


  1. Keith Rice says:

    Having been exposed to Asbestos and radiation while working for the Department of Energy, your site has done a good job of explaining my diagnosis of plureal disease with plate atelectasis, non, pneumoconiotic and calcified granulomas.

  2. paul woodward says:

    I have been in a lot of pain for some time,If i bent forward even a little bit it was like someone rammed a sword in my back, the pain was terrible i just cant breath at all for about 20 sec then slowly i can breath a bit more but the pain stays for ages, then it all happens again even reaching for a spoon off the work top,Iv’e just been told i have pleural thickening from asbestos,and told to put a claim in for I,A,B with the DWP, I’m waiting to go for a face to face interview with a DWP doctor but how can he/she sit behind a desk and know more than the top consultants i have been seeing in hospitals, What a waste of NHS money !.

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