Bernie Banton Foundation founding director – Professor Bruce Robinson AM with a simple explanation of asbestos related diseases.
There are many asbestos related conditions that one can develop following exposure to asbestos fibres/dust. Some conditions can develop following relatively brief exposure, and other conditions can occur following moderate to high fibre/dust exposure. Importantly, not everyone who has been exposed to asbestos fibres/dust will develop an asbestos related disease.
If you have been exposed to, or think you may have been exposed to asbestos dust tell your medical practitioner. This is important, particularly if you have a shortness of breath or a sudden onset of shortness of breath, a persistent cough, ache or swelling in the chest, stomach or groin that cannot be explained by everyday ailments.
Failure to mention your history of asbestos dust/fibre exposure may mean the possibility of you having contracted an asbestos related disease is overlooked.
If you have been diagnosed with Malignant Mesothelioma Cancer | Lung Cancer (where you have been exposed to asbestos fibres) | Asbestosis | Asbestos Related Pleural Diseases (ARPD) or other asbestos dust related disease/illness not listed, discuss Supportive Care Options, with your treating physician, hospital social worker and other relevant care givers. You may also you may be eligible to make a common law legal compensation claim and/or register with, and claim through the NSW Government’s icare Dust Diseases Care or another Federal, State or Territory based statutory body.
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