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A 52-year-old female asked:

Scan found plaques on lungs, never worked with asbestos, what will be treatment, going lung specialist, does this mean cancer....

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Dr. Peter Hanson
Radiology - Interventional 27 years experience
Pleural Plaques: Typically pleural plaques are almost always associated with exposure to asbestos -- so going to a pulmonary specialist is appropriate so that a thorough history and physical exam can be performed and you can be evaluated for other signs of asbestos-related disease. Usually the plaques do not cause symptoms. The plaques themselves are non-cancerous.
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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 46 years experience
Not always: Asbestos exposure may have occurred but you may not be aware of it. Asbestosis is plaque like scarring without cancer in that setting. Other causes of scarring can look similar. But since cancer is possible, you need to see the lung specialist to get to the bottom of the problem. Good luck.
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Last updated Jun 1, 2014

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