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Asbestosis vs. Mesothelioma: What’s the Difference?

While mesothelioma and asbestosis may sound similar, they are very different. Yes, both conditions are deadly; however, they affect different parts of the body in different ways. This may seem confusing now, but the Robins Cloud LLP team is here to give you the full breakdown of both conditions.


Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that forms in the mesothelial tissue within the lungs and abdomen—this is caused by extreme or extended exposure to asbestos. While people are more than likely able to survive decades with asbestosis, the life expectancy of someone with mesothelioma ranges anywhere from 12 to 21 months.


Asbestosis is not cancer but a form of pulmonary fibrosis. While it may be an incurable chronic lung condition, victims of asbestosis can survive many years with proper treatment. However, conditions will worsen over time as scar tissue formation can result in respiratory distress.


Diagnosis looks the same for both mesothelioma and asbestosis. The first initial step a person should take if they suspect they have symptoms of either is to see a primary care doctor. From there, the doctor will determine the next steps which may include ordering x-rays or a CT scan of the lungs. While these two tests will show initial signs of either illness, a biopsy will most likely be scheduled to differentiate if a person has either mesothelioma or asbestosis. The following biopsies that are usually given are:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • Needle Biopsy
  • Thoracoscopic Surgery

Doctors will never rule out cancer until each biopsy comes back negative.

Mesothelioma Lawyers

While this may be a challenging time in your life, the team at Robins Cloud LLP wants you to know that we are here to help. You shouldn’t have to worry about seeking compensation for your needs on your own. We can help take care of everything while you work on your recovery.

If you have recently been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, give our legal office a call today at (800) 691-2363 or fill out a consultation request form on our website to get in touch with an attorney today