According to Statistics Canada, since 2010, asbestos has caused roughly 500 mesothelioma deaths per year in Canada, and roughly third of workplace deaths were asbestos-related diseases.
Either you are working directly with asbestos or you were in contact with someone who had asbestos on them for long time, there is a chance you might develop asbestos-related diseases.
If you think you have exposed to asbestos, first thing you need to do is to tell your family doctor as soon as possible and with much detail as possible such as the time, the length and frequency of exposure. Also tell them if you or any person in your family had history of lung or other cancer.
Your family doctor will document it in your medical record for other care providers to see. From that point forward, you need to follow up with screening tests as your doctors recommend.
DRAFTJS_BLOCK_KEY:ff0roAccording to Statistics Canada, since 2010, asbestos has caused roughly 500 mesothelioma deaths per year in Canada, and roughly third of workplace deaths were asbestos-related diseases.
Some of early symptoms of asbestos-related disease are chest pain, dry cough, shortness of breath, fever, fatigue and unexplained weight loss.
Early diagnosis is the best way to control and start on the treatments to reduce the severity of symptoms and lengthen the life expectancy.
Knowing that you are still exposed to asbestos and prevent future contacts with asbestos-containing products is necessary to lower potential chance of developing a life-threatening illness.
Developing a serious asbestos-related disease is much more likely to happen in a prolonged time of exposure. If you think you are exposed to asbestos for a short time, the risk to your health might be very minimal and not concerning. However taking a step to discuss that with your doctor is recommended.
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