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Understanding Asbestos

A diagnosis of Asbestos Related Disease (ARD) is given based on symptoms, asbestos exposure history, screening test results and a physical exam. When you are diagnosed with ARD it may include a number of asbestos induced conditions.

Disease Management

These articles will help you understand the illnesses asbestos may cause and how to take care of yourself if you have any of those conditions. Caregivers may also find the guide useful. Being exposed to asbestos does not mean that you will develop health problems! Many things need to be considered when evaluating whether you are at risk for health problems from asbestos exposure. A doctor can help you find out if you have health problems from asbestos exposure.

Health Care Benefits

Medicare Benefits are now available to people who are diagnosed with an asbestos related disease (ARD). If you already have Medicare benefits you may be interested in the pilot program which is explained below.

Prevention

Risk is a measure of probability. Risk is not a matter of something being either 100% or 0% , rather, risk is a range between 100% and 0%. Risk is a matter of probability on a continuum between absolute certainty and impossibility. Different exposure pathways may increase or decrease a person’s level of risk along that continuum.

Helpful Resources

CARD provides comprehensive asbestos health screening that is important for all people with a history of high exposure to asbestos. This is important for cancer surveillance, and a diagnosis of asbestos related diseases can be made through this process if applicable.