Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure
Its tentacles run deep. its victims are many. most of whom have no idea for several years that they are even affected. In this article we are going to discuss what is mesothelioma.
What is mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a cancerous condition of the mesothelium. the mesothelium is the delicate membrane that wraps around the lung and which coats the chest cavity where the lung sits. During normal breathing, those two surfaces glide against one another for normal, comfortable breathing that allows irritation not to occur in that spot. If an asbestos is inhaled, asbestos moves its way toward the edge of the lung and reaches the mesothelium, reaches the edge of the lung, and can cause inflammation in those delicate cells.
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Asbestos and mesothelioma
Asbestos has been directly linked to this malignant change. Asbestos is by far and away the most common cause of mesothelioma. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined, and for many, many years, the workers in those mines were not told about the terrible dangers involved without using the proper respiratory equipment or other things to protect themselves, particularly from breathing in this terrible, terrible fiber.
And for example, in the world trade center, 9/11, after the fact, so many rescue workers, people volunteering, helping, and they weren’t really wearing anything to protect themselves and, that many cases came out after that?
the latency period is at least ten years. most often thirty years. but certainly, the 9/11 experience, the world trade center experience is a very good example of people who are now beginning to feel the effects of inhaling materials that nobody recognized as being problematic while they were exposed to it.
And Marc, your thoughts? well, so many of those heroes, the men and women who went down to the site, rescue and recovery workers, were told of course that the site was okay. don’t worry about it. they weren’t given the proper respiratory equipment, and here they were exposed to this toxic soup, which included asbestos and other very, very dangerous materials. and so today, unfortunately, we’re seeing the beginning of those exposures, which not only includes mesothelioma, but lung cancer, which is also caused by exposure to asbestos.
Are there symptoms of mesothelioma that one could be aware of?
Symptoms of mesothelioma are the same symptoms of any lung condition. The lung can make you cough. The lung can make you short of breath. There could be pain in the chest, and perhaps others, but there’s nothing unique to mesothelioma.
Approximately three thousand new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed every year only in US, and the three thousand does not count the many thousands of additional cases of lung cancer, which are also known to have been caused by exposure to asbestos. Many of these are workers, construction workers, most of them have been working around or near it, because asbestos is everywhere.
but that doesn’t include all of them. we have many cases of people who are at home. in fact, there is an amazing story and a very sad one, directly related to this. it was really one of the first cases of mesothelioma that I saw, that I was involved with. It was a girl who, when her father worked in the brooklyn navy yard, he came home, and she was responsible for washing his clothes. And from that exposure, he had the asbestos on his clothes, so if there is such a thing as second-hand exposure,I think that’s a good example of it.
She developed mesothelioma. Obviously, she knew that she had asbestos in her environment because her father worked there, but it’s the hair dryers, the toasters, the other home improvements… it’s almost like materials, products that we use every day, and this is what we call “take home exposure.”
Can we talk about some treatments?
The best treatment is surgery. if there is a localized case, where there is one area of chest wall that is involved, then there is still room for that. If someone out there maybe knows of someone that’s been exposed or wonders if they’ve been exposed, what options do they have?
Their real options are hope. they have to remain hopeful, there are… they continue to do work every day, but they must, must get medical help as soon as possible.
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