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The Difference between Mesothelioma and Asbestosis

The Difference between Mesothelioma and Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that can increase your risk for lung cancer. Mesothelioma is a cancer. Both mesothelioma and asbestosis are brought about by asbestos exposure, but their effects on your health, happiness, and mortality will be drastically different.


Asbestosis occurs when inhaled asbestos fibers scar the internal lining of your lungs. Once scarred, your lungs cannot recover, resulting in chest pain and tightness, shortness of breath, and chronic coughing. As a chronic disease, there is no cure for asbestosis. However, with treatment, it is possible to lead a more comfortable life.


Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that arises from the covering of the organs. With asbestos inhalation, mesotheliomain the lungs is most common. However, mesothelioma from asbestos exposure can also occur in the heart and chest.

Mesothelioma may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, but the survival rate for a stage II diagnosis and beyond is very small. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, Washington D.C. lawyer Matthew Kiely can help you determine if you are entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you have been diagnosed with either asbestosis or mesothelioma, please contact the Law Offices of Brown | Kiely, LLPto schedule a free initial consultation today. our attorneys represents people in Maryland, Washington D.C., and throughout the United States.