Can exercise help people exposed to asbestos?

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2021 | Asbestos Exposure |

It is known that asbestos causes cancer as well as other illnesses. People who are exposed to asbestos, whether they’re exposed as children in school or as workers in the field, may not know that they’ve been exposed. It might be many decades before the asbestos fibers that they’ve breathed in or swallowed start causing issues.

Despite that, asbestos is still used in thousands of products. It has also been determined that around 80% of those diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare type of lung cancer, have been exposed to asbestos.

For people who believe they’ve been exposed, prevention is key

Though post-exposure options are limited, it’s important to take steps to manage the impact of asbestos exposure as much as possible. Certain preventative techniques could minimize the risk of those fibers going on to cause scarring and cancer. For example, it’s a good idea to limit additional exposure, to quit smoking and to see your medical provider regularly.

It may also be beneficial to exercise

Although there is no way to remove asbestos from the lungs or body, and you may not be able to predict if you will get sick in the future at all, one option you should consider is exercising regularly.

Since your lungs can be made stronger through cardiovascular exercise, it’s a smart choice to start your cardiovascular exercise plan now. With regular exercise, your body will be fitter, and you may be better able to tolerate any treatments that you could need in the future.

In fact, in one study of active cancer patients, like those with mesothelioma, it was found that they were more likely to survive if they were active during their treatments.

While exercise may not prevent the development of scarring or mesothelioma, it may help you stay in better shape and help you avoid other illnesses that could complicate a diagnosis of mesothelioma, asbestosis or other asbestos-related illnesses in the future.

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma or other asbestos-related illnesses, keep in mind that you may be able to seek compensation to help you seek out treatments and to cover your financial losses as you go through them.