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.

What is asbestos? Where it's found and health risks

We explain what asbestos is, where it’s found and the risk of developing an asbestos-related condition.


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.

What to do if you think you have been exposed to asbestos

On this page we explain what you should do if you’ve been exposed to asbestos.

Benefits and compensation for asbestos-related disease

If you’re diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be eligible for compensation or financial assistance.
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How asbestos can cause mesothelioma lung cancer

Learn how exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer. Learn more here.
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