Your prognosis and outlook depend on how asbestos affects your lungs. It may take several years for any sign of asbestos-related disease to be detected. Lung or pleural scarring may not affect your overall health — however severe scarring, lung cancer or mesothelioma will. It all depends on the severity of your condition, overall health and other risk factors.

Can damage from asbestos be reversed?

Treatment cannot reverse lung damage from asbestos. Treatment for asbestos-related diseases aims to relieve symptoms, treat complications related to the disease and slow its progress.

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