Asbestos-related conditions

In this information, we explain what asbestos is and the different lung conditions that can be caused by asbestos exposure. This information is for people who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related lung condition and want to know more about it. We also explain what you should do if you think you’ve been exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos-related conditions

Asbestos exposure

Asbestos exposure

Find out what asbestos is and what to do if you have a condition caused by asbestos. You may be eligible for financial compensation. 


Asbestosis is a rare long-term lung condition. It usually develops around 20-30 years after you have breathed in a considerable amount of asbestos dust in the course of your work.

Pleural plaques

If you have been exposed to asbestos, it’s common for areas of the pleura to become thickened. These areas are called pleural plaques. On this page we explain what pleural plaques are.

Diffuse pleural thickening

On this page, we explain what diffuse (or widespread) pleural thickening is, symptoms, how it’s diagnosed and how it’s treated.
Asbestos related lung cancer

Asbestos-related lung cancer

Find out about the types of cancer you can get from asbestos exposure.


This information is for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, their friends, families and carers, and for people who want to know more about the condition.
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