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Posted: 09 May 2016 02:38 AM PDT
Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer - Asbestos, a mineral extracted from rocks, has been in use for a very long time. From the late 1800s until now, asbestos has been used for insulating homes and buildings. It has also been incorporated in a variety of products. Yet, after a while the medical community discovered that many people were getting sick from the material. This sickness was called Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer, (also known as mesothelioma for short). And, like many cancers, Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer began claiming many lives in a very short period of time.
So, what happens if a person gets Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer? Well, it will depend on where they get it. The most common location for Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer is in the protective lining of the lungs, (medically known as the mesothelium). Sufferers of this form of cancer get so much fluid in their lungs they are unable to breath well. Additionally, the cancer may spread to other areas of the body, making them even more sick.
Other locations of Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer are the mesothelium of the abdomen, the heart, and very rarely the testicles. Like Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer of the lungs, each of these areas will accumulate excess fluid, causing discomfort and malfunctioning of the affected organ. And, though Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer of these forms are fewer in number, they are still very dangerous.
In terms of who gets Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer, it is generally people who are much older. This is because in earlier years asbestos insulation was common in many homes, since the public didn't know how dangerous it was. Now the use of the substance is banned in many countries. However, this does not mean that there aren't younger people today that also can't be affected by it. For example, those in the mining industry are at greater risk for developing Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer, since the process of mining exposes them to asbestos dust.
Either way, the prognosis for suffers of Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer is not good, especially if the location is in the lungs. Some sufferers of the condition are given just a few weeks to live, while others are given just a little bit more than a year. The odds of survival are better if Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer is caught early and/or if the sufferer seeks treating the condition through chemotherapy.
Many who are victims of Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer, whether it's the person afflicted or their families decide to sue the parties responsible for their asbestos exposure. In fact, Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer lawyers are in high demand. Though the disease is still rare, there have been enough people to die to warrant such lawsuits. However, having Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer by itself doesn't necessarily mean a person has a strong enough case to win such a lawsuit.
In conclusion, Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer is one that really shouldn't be, especially since the medical community has clearly found the culprit responsible, which is obviously asbestos. Indeed, the governments that have banned asbestos use in insulation materials have taken an excellent step to ensure the general public doesn't contract the disease. Now, focus needs to be taken on ways of making sure asbestos exposure is limited to those working in industries where such things are unavoidable.
Posted: 08 May 2016 10:49 PM PDT
The Dangers of Asbestos Mesothelioma - It's a scary thought, but if you have ever been exposed to asbestos, then even as you read this you may be on your way to an early grave and not even realize it. Most everyone has heard of asbestos, but not a lot of people understand what it is and why it's dangerous. If you're curious about the dangers of asbestos, such as asbestos mesothelioma, then please continue reading and learn more about it.
Asbestos is a type of material that was often used in construction since the late 19th century. As far back as 1900, there was evidence that asbestos had serious health effects, and could cause asbestosis, lung cancer, asbestos mesothelioma, and other diseases and cancers. However, since asbestos was cheap and very durable, most companies that worked with it opted to continue doing so, and also decided not to inform their employees of the dangers. Part of the reason they were easily able to get away with this "cover up" is because most illnesses related to asbestos do not manifest until many years after exposure. For example, asbestos mesothelioma can lay dormant in the body for up to 50 years before becoming a problem.
While certain types of asbestos related diseases require a significant long-term exposure to asbestos, asbestos mesothelioma is known to manifest in people who were only exposed for a couple of months. While people who worked directly with the material in manufacturing and construction are the most at risk, people who lived or worked in buildings that were constructed with lots of asbestos may also be at risk. If you have worked or lived around this dangerous material in the past, there is a chance you may contract asbestos mesothelioma. You should contact a doctor, especially if you are experiencing any symptoms such as shortness of breath, pains in the chest, prolonged coughing spells, or other issues.
If you have been exposed to asbestos mesothelioma or other asbestos related illnesses, then you may be entitled to a settlement from the company or companies responsible for exposing you to asbestos without your knowledge. There are many lawyers who work exclusively on asbestos related cases, and they can help you determine whether or not you have a case. Asbestos settlements can help to cover medical costs, make up for lost wages, and provide for funeral expenses and death benefits to an asbestos mesothelioma victim's family.
Posted: 08 May 2016 04:40 PM PDT
Asbestos Lung Disease - With the use of asbestos having been banned in many countries for around 20 years now, it may seem like the problem with asbestos is over. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Every year, thousands more people are diagnosed with asbestos lung disease, and thousands more die due to these same diseases. On top of that, millions of workers in the construction industry are still being exposed to asbestos. The companies that use asbestos have known for a long time the potential dangers of this material, yet it was still allowed to be used for many decades, which has led to the current state of affairs.
If you've ever seen asbestos in or around a building, you may wonder how it could cause asbestos lung disease. Asbestos actually lets off a lot of tiny little fibers are then inhaled by people working in close proximity with the material. These asbestos particles get lodged in the lungs and in the mesothelium, which is a membrane that protects the heart, lungs, and abdomen. The particles are too large to be breathed back out, so they sit there and eventually lead to serious health problems, most commonly asbestos lung disease.
Basically, asbestos lung disease fits into three major categories. First, there is asbestosis. This type of asbestos lung disease manifests itself as shortness of breath that continually gets worse over time. It also causes people who have it to become easily exerted. At its most serious, this disease can cause complete respiratory failure. In addition, asbestosis frequently leads to lung cancer.
While asbestos isn't the only cause of lung cancer, it is certainly a prominent one. This is especially true in people who are already at risk for lung cancer, such as smokers. Needless to say, lung cancer is a very serious disease that is often fatal. The risk of developing lung cancer from asbestos exposure, and the prognosis, depends largely on the amount of asbestos that was inhaled over the course of the exposure.
Finally, there is mesothelioma, another type of asbestos lung disease. This is also a cancerous disease, but it is not always centered on the lungs. It can also target the area around the heart or the abdomen. Like lung cancer, however, it is very often terminal. Many people who develop mesothelioma die within a year, and few live past 5 years.
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