Asbestos Related Pleural Disease (ARPD) is not a cancer, rather it is a benign condition that has some pleural involvement. This may be in the form of a benign pleural effusion (a fluid accumulation within the pleural space) and/or pleural thickening (where the pleura on the lung becomes thickened and compresses the lung). ARPD is a slow onset progressive disease that often causes breathlessness and can also result in chest pain when the lining of the lungs hardens and constricts. A person can develop ARPD as a result of inhaling small quantities of asbestos fibres. ARPD is generally diagnosed by way of an x-ray or CT scan.
Having ARPD is a definite indicator that a person has been exposed to asbestos fibres, and thus has a possibility of having contracted another asbestos related disease.
Not everyone who has been exposed to asbestos will develop ARPD or another asbestos related disease (ARD).
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline Freecall® number: 1800 031 731
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist, should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.