Malignant Mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos- related diseases.
It is a rare form of cancer in which malignant calls are found in the sac
lining of the chest (pleura) or abdomen (peritoneum). Virtually all cases of
malignant mesothelioma are attributable to asbestos exposure.
Lung cancer occurs when malignant cells originate in the lung. It is the most
common asbestos-related cancer found in present or ex-smokers who have a
history of asbestos exposure.
Asbestosis is the scarring of the tissue of the lung itself from inhalation of
airborne asbestos fibers. Many doctors who do not have a good understanding of
asbestos-related diseases tend to use the term "asbestosis" as a
buzzword for any and all conditions related to asbestos.
Pleural disease is any scarring of the pleura -- the lining of the lung. It is
evidence that an individual has sustained a heavy enough response to asbestos
to be at substantial risk for more serious disease.