Asbestosis is a respiratory condition caused by inhaling asbestos fibers into the lungs. The condition generally takes many years to develop. The asbestos fibers in the lungs cause scarring of the tissue of the lungs, and if exposure continues can lead to serious disease, and even death. People with long-term exposure to asbestos are at the greatest risk for getting asbestosis, along with mesothelioma.

Asbestosis Symptoms

When inhaled, the asbestos fibers enter the lungs. Inside the lungs the fibers get into the alveoli, the part of the lungs where fresh oxygen moves into the blood stream to be carried throughout the body. The body can cough out or break down most substances that are inhaled, asbestos fibers however, resist being eliminated by the body. The alveoli produce cells called macrophages whose job it is to break down any foreign substances that get into the lungs. Asbestos fibers are too long for the macrophage cells to completely enclose them. When the macrophage works to break down the fiber then, some of the substance that is supposed to break down the fiber leaks out and gets into the lungs, where it begins to cause damage. The lungs get inflamed, and over time scar tissue builds up. This is the beginning of a process called fibrosis.

In time this causes the lungs to become stiffer and stiffer – making breathing more and more difficult and painful. In general, the symptoms for asbestosis are difficulty in breathing caused by inflexibility of the scar tissue, coughing, and chest pain. Along with the medical problems caused by asbestosis, the restriction in the lungs can cause pulmonary hypertension (a raise in pressure in the arteries supplying the lungs).  This will also create further stress on the heart itself.  The heart will compensate for this added stress for as long as it can, but eventually it will be unable to keep up.  This of course is all made worse if the person is/was a smoker.

Asbestosis Diagnosis

To help the doctor diagnose the problem, they may order a number of tests to help determine if the patient has asbestosis Pulmonary function tests will tell the doctor how effectively and efficiently the lungs are working. What the doctor is looking for is the capacity of the lungs, how well the lungs move the air and how efficient the lungs are at exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide. To get a general idea of whether there is lung damage the doctor may order an X-ray. If a doctor sees a “shadow on the lung” it means there is an area of thickening or damage in that area that shows up as a shadow on the X-ray. A more detailed picture than the two dimensional picture created by an X-ray is the three-dimensional detailed computer picture created by a CAT (or CT) scan. A CT scan is the same thing as an X-ray, only instead of getting only one picture that can only show shadows, a CT scan produces many pictures that are combined into a detailed image on a computer screen. A doctor may order a biopsy to rule confirm or rule out cancer if he or she finds suspicious masses in and around the lungs.

Asbestosis Treatment

Once a diagnosis of asbestosis is reached; the doctor will determine the appropriate treatment.  While there is no cure for asbestosis, other than lung transplant, the doctors can treat the symptoms, making the patient more comfortable. If the person has a buildup of mucus in the lungs the doctor may instruct on way to help drain the mucus.  In less severe cases of asbestosis, the doctor may put the patient on oxygen to help the lungs get more oxygen to the blood with less effort, thereby easing strain on the heart as well.  In serious cases where a portion of lung simply cannot function, the doctor may do surgery to remove that part of the lung.

If you are diagnosed with asbestosis, or any asbestos related diseases, you are entitled to asbestos compensation.  This is because the companies that were producing the asbestos and all of the products that contained asbestos knew of the dangers for decades, and yet went right on selling their products.  Contact a lawyer that specializes in asbestos compensation lawsuits right away if you have any asbestos exposure symptoms.  No one should have to live with asbestosis.

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If you have been exposed to asbestos in any of its many forms and products, you may be wondering about asbestos exposure symptoms.  With the “incubation” of the asbestos related diseases such as Mesothelioma being 20 to 50 years before signs and symptoms of exposure to asbestos make themselves known, it’s important to know what to watch out for.
Asbestos has been used in almost all phases of the building industry for decades.  It was in everything from wall-board, to cement, to insulation, to any sort of fire-proof material.  It was also in heat resistant gloves, in vinyl style floor coverings, and used to insulate hair dryers and ovens.  It was everywhere.  People who were involved in any of the building trades, People who were involved in the mining of asbestos (it is actually a mined mineral that looks very fibrous), also managed to bring this deadly material home through the asbestos dust that clung to their clothes, which also put their family at risk.

What causes asbestos exposure symptoms?

The problems begin this needle-like mineral dust is inhaled. These microscopic fibers imbed themselves deep inside the lungs. These needle like particles are then worked through the inner lung walls to the outer, and this damage is the start of diseases such as Mesothelioma. The outer layer of the lung tissue is called the Pleura (it’s a membrane that surrounds the lungs), this type of cancer is called Pleural Mesothelioma. When the asbestos is first inhaled, if the needle-like fibers are coughed up, and then swallowed, the same process might take place in the abdomen, where it could develop into Peritoneal Mesothelioma.

Asbestos Exposure Symptoms:

1.)  Cough.
2.)  Pain in the lungs.
3.)  Pain in the chest.
4.)  Hard to breathe
5.)  Coughing up blood.
6.)  Fluid in the lungs.
7.)  Persistent fever.
8.)  Weight loss
9.)  Fatigue.
10.)  High white cell count.
11.)  Insomnia.

People who have Peritoneal Mesothelioma may experience some of the following symptoms:
1.)  Fever.
2.)  Problems with digestion.
3.)  Swelling in their abdominal area.
4.)  Finding a Mass on the abdomen.
5.)  High white cell count.
6.)  Abdominal pain.
7.)  Weight loss.
8.)  Fatigue.
9.)  Weight loss.
10.)  Loss of appetite.
11.)  Insomnia.

With asbestos being used so widely for so long in the 20th century, and because it was most often used in the workplaces, it is thought that over 70% of the people who are being diagnosed with Mesothelioma are men over the age of 55. There have been, however, many cases of asbestos exposure symptoms that occurred from second hand exposure. The fibers which once inhaled can cause mesothelioma made their way back to the workers homes, hitching a ride on the workers clothes and body, where they were inhaled by the worker’s family.  Family members of the asbestos workers have also been at risk of developing asbestos related diseases, and need to be aware of the many asbestos exposure symptoms.

The life expectancy for a patient, who has asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, can vary greatly.  This is mainly due to the stage the disease is in when it is first discovered.  Since Mesothelioma takes so long to develop symptoms that might make a person seek medical help, it is often well advanced by the time treatment can begin.  On average, life expectancy ranges from 4 to 18 months after diagnosis, with less than a 10% survival rate after 2 years. The general health of the patient, what treatments they might be eligible for, and what treatments their body is able to tolerate, as well as the location of the disease in the body, all makes a difference in the patients survival rate.

Asbestos exposure symptoms for either type of Mesothelioma often cause great pain and suffering.

Those people victimized by Mesothelioma often find they have no appetite, no energy to do anything physical, and though they are tired, they find it hard to sleep.  Some of the symptoms of asbestos related diseases can be dealt with on a symptom by symptom basis to make the sufferer feel more comfortable.  Doctors can drain some of the fluid build-up, which helps the patient breathe easier.  They can prescribe sleeping medication to help the patient sleep better, and they can prescribe ever changing, and ever increasing dosages of pain medications to help the patient suffer less.

If you or someone you know or love have any asbestos exposure symptoms, especially if they, or a close family member might have been in regular contact with asbestos through mining, or any of the building trades, strongly encourage them to see a doctor.  When they do, especially if they choose to see a family Doctor, have them ask their doctor to rule out Mesothelioma.  This forces the doctor to look for it, and so they will have a much better chance of finding it as early as possible.  It can be found through X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, and by having a biopsy taken. When the diagnosis is made early, some of the complications and discomfort the patient experiences can be limited.

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any asbestos related diseases, you are entitled to asbestos compensation.  This is because the companies that were producing the asbestos and all of the products that contained asbestos knew of the dangers for decades, and yet went right on selling their products.  Contact a lawyer that specializes in asbestos compensation lawsuits right away if you have any asbestos exposure symptoms.

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If you have been exposed in some way to asbestos fibers or asbestos dust, you may be wondering about asbestos exposure symptoms.  First a bit of background.

What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally as thin separable fibers, looking more like a white or colored woody fiber then a mineral.  It has been mined since the late 1800′s, and used extensively as a building material up until the mid-1980’s when it was banned in most developed countries.  It was used because it was a great insulator against electricity, it is fire resistant, it is heat resistant, and chemical resistant.

Where was asbestos used?

Asbestos was used in cement to make it stronger, plastics to make them stronger, insulation material, fireproofing material, and soundproofing material.  It was used in the auto parts industry to make friction plates used in clutch plates and brake pads and liners. The maritime industry used it extensively in ship building in the insulation of the boilers, and the insulation for all of the steam and hot water pipes. The building industry used asbestos extensively in the manufacture of floor tiles and floor covering, ceiling tiles, blown and blanket insulation, paint products and plaster-style wallboard.

Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can cause several serious health conditions.

1.)  Mesothelioma:  a form of cancer that is very rare, and almost always associated with asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane that surrounds the lungs and the abdomen.
2.)  Asbestosis:  An accumulation of asbestos fiber in the lungs that cause scaring and can result in fibrosis.
3.)  Lung Cancer:  Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death after exposure to asbestos.

Who is most at risk from asbestos exposure?

1.)  Shipyard workers that built ships before the asbestos ban went into effect.
2.)  Shipyard workers that are involved in refitting or retrofitting older ships.
3.)  Construction workers that worked before the asbestos ban went into effect.
4.)  Construction workers involved in renovating or removing older structures.
5.)  Miners involved in the mining of asbestos.
6.)  Factory workers involved in the manufacture of products containing asbestos
7.)  The family members of any of the above people, as they came into long term contact with the asbestos fibers and dust brought home unknowingly by these people.

Asbestos Exposure Symptoms

1.)  Difficult breathing.
2.)  Persistent cough.
3.)  Shortness of breath.
4.)  Pain in the chest.
5.)  Pain in the lungs.
6.)  Weight loss.
7.)  Loss of appetite.
8.)  Insomnia.
9.)  Fever.
10.)  Anemia.
11.)  Night sweats.
12.)  Coughing up blood.
13.)  Fatigue.
14.)  High white cell count.

Having one or more of these asbestos exposure symptoms does not mean you have an asbestos related disease.

The only way to know is to have yourself checked by a qualified doctor.  You will probably have to take an X-ray, or a CAT scan, which would show signs of disease.  After that it would probably be verified with a biopsy.   The asbestos exposure symptoms often cause great pain and suffering.  Those people victimized by Mesothelioma often find they have no appetite, no energy to do anything physical, and though they are tired, they find it hard to sleep.

Some of the asbestos exposure symptoms can be dealt with on a symptom by symptom basis to make the sufferer feel more comfortable.  Doctors can drain some of the fluid build-up, which helps the patient breathe easier.  They can prescribe sleeping medication to help the patient sleep better, and they can prescribe ever changing, and ever increasing dosages of pain medications to help the patient suffer less.

Visiting the physician once you are aware of any asbestos exposure symptoms could not just prolong, but possibly even save your life.

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any asbestos related diseases, you are entitled to compensation.  This is because the companies that were producing the asbestos and all of the products that contained asbestos knew of the dangers for decades, and yet went right on selling their products.  Contact a lawyer that specializes in asbestos compensation lawsuits right away.

Remember, if you have any asbestos exposure symptoms see a doctor right away.

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Floor tiles that contain asbestos are very prevalent in homes that were constructed before the 1970′s. Asbestos containing floor tiles became popular because of their low cost as compared to other types of floor covering such as wood and marble.

Asbestos floor tiles can be a health risk. If the tiles are worn, or damaged the asbestos fibers can become friable or air born. If the floor tiles are water damaged they are equally a problem. Foot traffic can cause mechanical damage to these floor tiles. Sanding or removal of the floor tiles can also cause the asbestos fibers to get into the air.

When asbestos fibers enter the air, they can cause a number of illnesses and health issues, including lung cancer, as well as other diseases. Asbestos-related illnesses are dangerous and can be fatal. These types of asbestos caused diseases may take several years or longer before presenting symptoms.

Asbestos floor tiles should be removed by a reputable asbestos abatement company. The contractor will take the steps necessary in order to avoid asbestos being released into the air.

Another less but less desirable method to deal with the asbestos is to cover it with another floor covering. This will not cure the underlying problem of having the asbestos tiles but is a way to protect the tiles from being damaged. Carpeting is a good choice because it is installed with a pad. The pad along with the carpeting will help keep the asbestos tiles from mechanical damage. Just be sure not to damage the floor tiles while installing the carpeting. Linoleum and vinyl are other options to cover asbestos containing tiles.

The existence of asbestos floor tiles should be disclosed to any potential purchasers of your home. It is not ethical not to disclose the presence because if the buyer decides to remove the floor covering installed over the asbestos, the asbestos floor tiles can become damaged. As home inspectors it is next to impossible for us to determine the type of materials that are under the new floor.

Another place that asbestos was used is on the siding of homes. Asbestos cement is a hard siding and is composed of a mixture of Portland cement and asbestos fibers. The siding was banned in the country in the mid 1970′s.

Asbestos siding became popular because in 1920 a major fire prevention organization recommended the siding because of its fire resistant properties. The agency was recommending the replacement of highly flammable wood siding with the asbestos siding which is very fire resistant. The use of asbestos siding really became prominent in the 1940′s and this is the decade in which many homes have this type of siding.

In 1970 the health risks associated with asbestos exposures grew and became more prominent. As the anti asbestos sentiments took hold the US federal government stepped in and banned asbestos from building products in 1973.

It has been well established that asbestos can cause serious health problems if it is inhaled. Asbestos can cause two major types of cancer asbestosis and Mesothlioma. Both of these cancers can be fatal in the majority of instances. However, asbestos siding if it is in good condition does not present a health hazard. This is due to the cement component that is in the shingle. The cement binds the asbestos fibers and prevents the fibers from becoming air born. The EPA has established that asbestos is a health hazard when it is in a friable or in an air born state. The only way that the asbestos fibers can get into the air is for them to be damaged mechanically.

Asbestos cement building products such as siding are not considered hazardous unless they are disturbed. If the siding is damaged by chipping, sawing, grinding or sanding this will allow fibers to enter the air. Then the asbestos is considered in a friable state and a health hazard. Deterioration or wearing of the siding can also lead to particles becoming airborne and potentially dangerous.

Proper care of asbestos cement siding is very important in order to avoid damage and deterioration. Asbestos cement siding is very brittle and cracks very easily which can cause asbestos particles to become airborne. A professional siding contractor can replace the damaged siding with fiber cement siding that does not contain asbestos. Specific fiber cement materials have been manufactured for repairs that are intended to look like asbestos cement siding. All asbestos containing materials must be discarded properly. In some states you can take the damaged siding to a landfill that can handle asbestos. In other states specific waste disposal facilities need to be used.

Asbestos cement exterior cladding has been in use for many years, Home inspectors in Middlesex County New Jersey are likely to encounter asbestos cement siding when inspecting exteriors. Knowing some of the health risks associated with this type of siding can be useful when answering questions about asbestos, although any specific concerns should be deferred to the appropriate healthcare professional.

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There are five main asbestos diseases including cancer that can develop following exposure to asbestos fibres. These are malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaques, however, doctors who do not regularly diagnose asbestos disease can misdiagnose (or be slow to give a diagnosis) what the condition is. This can lead to sufferers of asbestos disease wrongly concluding they do not have a right to make an asbestos compensation claim. It is therefore extremely important for sufferers of lung disease who have been exposed to asbestos fibres to immediately contact a specialist lawyer or attorney for advice and assistance in obtaining an accurate diagnosis if there is any doubt.

There are five main asbestos diseases including cancers that can develop following exposure to asbestos fibres These are malignant mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaques, however, difficulties can arise as follows:-

Doctors who do not regularly diagnose asbestos disease can misdiagnose (or be slow to give a diagnosis) what the condition is because:-

* A history of asbestos exposure may not be volunteered to the doctor at an early stage as it may have occurred 30, 40, 50 or even more years prior to seeing the doctor and may have been forgotten about. A striking feature of asbestos disease is this long latency period between exposure and onset of symptoms, the fibres laying dormant for many years before causing disease or symptoms for which medical advice is sought.

Some asbestos diseases require exposure to only very few asbestos fibres to cause illness, especially mesothelioma which can be caused by just one fibre being inhaled into the lungs! This adds to the above mentioned difficulty of no, or only poor, recollection of exposure to asbestos fibres and accurate diagnosis.

As chest physicians become more aware of asbestos disease, due to its increasing incidence, and the need to ask patients at an early stage if they have ever been exposed to asbestos fibres, these difficulties become less and less of an issue, however, in addition to early history taking the following further difficulties regularly arise.

* The radiological evidence (shown on x-ray films) is often misunderstood. This can often lead to a incorrect diagnosis being made in asbestos disease cases of pleural plaques and pleural thickening. This is usually due to inexperience and the fact that radiological evidence of pleural plaques is similar, to the inexperienced eye, to pleural thickening and vice versa.

* This is important in the context of asbestos UK disease litigation as pleural plaques is currently not considered to be an injury by the UK courts for which compensation can be awarded! This is in spite of the fact that pleural plaques sufferers were routinely awarded compensation for twenty years prior to a Court of Appeal ruling in 2006.

* Accurate diagnosis in cases of asbestos pleural thickening can be difficult due to the fact that apart from the potential for it to be radiologically confused with pleural plaques, it can also be confused with other non-asbestos related injuries or illnesses. For example, as part of the careful history taking in cases of suspected pleural thickening, it is important to ask the patient if they have ever had a fractured rib or ribs. The healing process of a fractured rib can leave behind radiological evidence that shows up on x-rays as pleural thickening. Other prior lung complications and conditions can also leave behind such evidence.

* Difficulties can also arise when trying to arrive at an accurate diagnosis in cases of asbestosis. Asbestosis is the scarring of lung tissue caused by asbestos fibres in the lungs. The difficulty here is that scarring of lung tissue can be caused by other factors or foreign bodies entering the lungs and not just asbestos fibres. Lung scarring or fibrosis appears the same on x-ray films regardless of what has caused it. It is therefore crucial, perhaps more so than with any other asbestos disease, to ensure an early and very detailed history of significant exposure to asbestos fibres is taken and recorded as lung fibrosis can only be diagnosed as asbestosis if the patient has suffered significant and heavy exposure to asbestos fibres in the past.

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Mesothelioma Cancer

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a serious malignant tumor that affects the torso of the human body. There is a strong link between mesothelioma and contact with asbestos particles via breathing or swallowing.

There are three common forms of mesothelioma:

1. Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common form of Mesothelioma. It starts in the chest cavity (after breathing the particles) before spreading to other areas.

2. Peritoneal Mesothelioma starts in the abdomen (after swallowing the particles) and accounts for about 10-20% of Mesothelioma patients.

3. Pericardial Mesothelioma is the rarest form of Mesothelioma. It starts in the cavity that surrounds the heart.

Mesothelioma is difficult to diagnose early on because the symptoms are often mistaken for those of other, less serious ailments. To make matters worse, it often takes many years for the symptoms to show up after the contact with asbestos takes place. Individuals with a history of extended asbestos exposure are at the highest risk for developing malignant mesothelioma. Even a small exposure to this cancer-causing material can result in malignant mesothelioma. However, mesothelioma has a latency of up to thirty-forty years, and many individuals previously exposed to asbestos are now displaying symptoms. This means the average age of mesothelioma patients is between 50 and 70 years. Men are typically affected more, because of the common presence of asbestos in industrial settings. There are three major types of malignant mesothelioma. Epithelial, sarcomatoid, and mixed. Epithelial mesothelioma is most common. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to respiratory distress, a lasting cough, and pneumonia. In addition, symptoms are often mistaken for less serious ailments, and many patients do not show any signs at all.

Individuals with pleural mesothelioma may amass some fluid between the lung lining and chest cavity. This can be detected through a chest x-ray, as well as CT scans.

Diagnosis of Mesothelioma is based on a biopsy. This exam will test a tissue sample for the presence of malignant and/or pleural mesothelioma.

Causes of Mesothelioma

Asbestos is the principal cause of Mesothelioma. Asbestos is a type of insulation material, which was commonly utilized in the past in the following industries:

Steel Workers

Brake Mechanics

Insulators

Boilermakers

Ship fitters

Maintenance Workers

Pipe Fitters

Construction industry

Shipbuilding industry

Automotive industry

Other manufacturing industries

Mesothelioma appears most often in people who worked in the above industries and were exposed to asbestos in their workplace. The utilization of asbestos was very prevalent after 1940′s. However it would take 10-40 years after the first exposure for the first symptoms of mesothelioma to become noticeable, which made it very difficult to diagnose. The peak in mesothelioma cases is projected to be reached near year 2010 according to studies. There are three frequently used types of asbestos: white, brown, and blue. Brown and blue asbestos are more frequently associated with mesothelioma. These types of asbestos have been restricted by most countries in the 1990s. A record of asbestos exposure at work is reported in about 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases.

Asbestos is a very dangerous material and can cause serious damage to your health. It is made up of very minute fibers, which can find their way to pleura (outside lining of the lung) and damage the cells pleura are made of. These fibers can also be passed on to clothing, which makes them dangerous not only to the person exposed to asbestos, but to their family members as well.

Smoking

Smoking does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure drastically increases a person’s risk of developing cancer of the air passageways in the lung.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Symptoms of mesothelioma may not materialize until 30 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos. Shortness of breath and pain in the chest due to an accumulation of fluid in the pleura are often symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma include weight loss and abdominal pain and swelling because of a buildup of fluid in the abdomen. Other symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma may include bowel obstruction, blood clotting abnormalities, anemia, and fever. If the cancer has spread beyond the mesothelium to other parts of the body, symptoms may include pain, difficulty swallowing, or swelling of the neck or face. These symptoms may be caused by mesothelioma or by other, less serious conditions. It is important to see a doctor about any of these symptoms. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis. Once Mesothelioma is diagnosed, the likelihood of recovery varies according to several factors, including the size and location of the tumor, how much it has spread, and the age of the patient.

In general, the earlier that Mesothelioma is diagnosed, the greater the likelihood of survival. If you feel that you have experienced any of the typical Mesothelioma symptoms, pay a visit to your doctor for professional advice.

Mesothelioma diagnosis

Diagnosing mesothelioma is often complicated, because the symptoms are similar to those of several other conditions. Diagnosis begins with an assessment of the patient’s medical history, as well as any history of asbestos exposure. A physical examination may be performed, including x-rays of the chest or abdomen and lung function tests. A CT (or CAT) scan or an MRI may also be useful. A CT scan is a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. In an MRI, a powerful magnet linked to a computer is used to make detailed pictures of areas inside the body. These pictures are viewed on a monitor and can also be printed.

A biopsy is needed to confirm a diagnosis of mesothelioma. In a biopsy, a surgeon or a medical oncologist (a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer) removes a sample of tissue for examination under a microscope by a pathologist. A biopsy may be done in different ways, depending on where the abnormal area is found. If the cancer is in the chest, the doctor may perform a thoracoscopy. In this procedure, the doctor makes a small cut through the chest wall and puts a thin, lit tube called a thoracoscope into the chest between two ribs. Thoracoscopy allows the doctor to look inside the chest and obtain tissue samples. If the cancer is in the abdomen, the doctor may perform a peritoneoscopy. To obtain tissue for examination, the doctor makes a small opening in the abdomen and inserts a special instrument called a peritoneoscope into the abdominal cavity. If these procedures do not yield enough tissue, more extensive diagnostic surgery may be necessary.

If the diagnosis is mesothelioma, the doctor will want to learn the stage and extent of the disease. Staging involves more tests in a precise effort to find out whether the cancer has proliferated and, if so, to which parts of the body. Knowing the stage of the disease helps the doctor plan treatment. Mesothelioma is described as localized if the cancer is found only on the membrane surface where it originated. It is classified as advanced if it has extended beyond the original membrane surface to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes, lungs, chest wall, or abdominal organs.

Mesothelioma treatment

Treatment for mesothelioma depends on the location of the cancer, the stage of the disease, and the patient’s age and general well being. Typical treatment options consist of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Sometimes, these treatments are combined.

Surgery is a frequent treatment for mesothelioma. The doctor may remove part of the lining of the chest or abdomen and some of the tissue around it. For cancer of the pleura (pleural mesothelioma), a lung may be removed in an operation called a pneumonectomy. Sometimes part of the diaphragm, the muscle below the lungs that helps with breathing, is also removed.

Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy affects the cancer cells only in the treated area. The radiation may come from a machine (external radiation) or from moving materials that produce radiation through thin plastic tubes into the area where the cancer cells are found (internal radiation therapy).

Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to kill cancer cells throughout the body. Most drugs used to treat mesothelioma are given by injection into a vein (intravenous, or IV). Doctors are also studying the effectiveness of applying chemotherapy directly into the chest or abdomen (intracavitary chemotherapy).

To ease symptoms and control discomfort, the doctor may use a needle or a thin tube to drain fluid that has accumulated in the chest or abdomen. The procedure for removing fluid from the chest is called thoracentesis. Removal of fluid from the abdomen is called paracentesis. Drugs may be administered through a tube in the chest to prevent more fluid from accumulating. Radiation therapy and surgery may also be beneficial in alleviating symptoms.

Note of Urgency

Mesothelioma is a life-threatening disease and cannot be left untreated. The sooner it is diagnosed the better a patient’s chances are of fighting this deadly cancer. Please contact a qualified doctor immediately if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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Mesothelioma cancer is a disease that results from exposure

to asbestos related substances. Asbestos usually consists of fibres that can

enter the body through the mouth, or the skin, and, subsequently, enter the

lungs, or blood stream.

Mesothelioma cancer has become more widely documented in the last 5-10 years,

due to the fact that symptoms of asbestos cancer can take between 20 to 40 years

to manifest. Mesothelioma cancer is hard to diagnose, as the symptoms do not tend

to manifest themselves until the later stages of the disease. Symptoms of

mesothelioma lung cancer include shortness of breath, chest pain, fever and other

secondary illnesses such as pneumonia.

Asbestos cancer most often develops in men between the ages of 50 to 70 years

who were exposed to high levels of asbestos in the workplace. Asbestos was

mainly used in manufacturing industries such as automotive and ship building as

well as in the construction industry. The use of asbestos was only recently

banned in the 1990’s.

Mesthelioma lung cancer has been found to be the most common form of

mesothelioma cancer and it develops in the lining of the lung (pleural).

Mesothelioma cancer can also develop in the abdominal area (peritoneal) and

around the heart (pericardial). There is a greater chance of malignancy in

abdominal asbestos cancer. For a more detailed explanation of mesothelioma

cancer, visit [http://www.lung-canceradvice.com]

Mesothelioma lung cancer can be detected through a CT scan which enables it to be

sometimes diagnosed earlier than the other two types of mesothelioma cancer.

The type of mesothelioma cancer treatment will depend on the stage at which the cancer

was diagnosed, the age of the patient as well as personal preferences. The disease can be

divided into four separate stages. The stage in the disease process that is reached will

determine the method of mesothelioma cancer treatment. At the first stage when

the tumour is confined to the lining of the lungs, surgeons may try to remove

the entire tumour surgically. Once the tumour has invaded the surrounding body

tissues in the later stages, it is not curable.

Conventionally, the more advanced stages of mesothelioma

cancer are treated with either radiation therapy or chemotherapy. Radiation

therapy utilizes high-energy x-rays to destroy cancerous cells and shrink

tumours Chemotherapy, on the other hand, uses drugs to destroy cancer cells.

The aim of these mesothelioma cancer treatments is to prolong the patient’s life

as the disease cannot be cured in the more advanced stages.

In addition to these conventional mesothelioma cancer treatments, there are also

various experimental treatments currently under investigation which offer new

hope.

Immunotherapy: This form of biological therapy for mesothelioma cancer treatment

uses the patient’s own immune system to attack the cancerous cells. Clinical studies

have shown that the immune system is able to distinguish healthy cells from cancer cells,

and can therefore be used to destroy those cancerous cells.

Gene Therapy: This form of mesothelioma cancer treatment is very much still in the

developmental stages. The process involves injecting a specific gene straight

into the tumour. This gene renders the cancer cells sensitive to the

antiviral drug glanciclovir which under normal circumstances is not effective

against these cells. The glanciclovir is then able to destroy all the cancer

cells without harming the healthy tissue cells.

Drug Therapy: The drug Alimta is the only chemotherapy drug to be approved by

the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)for the treatment of patients with malignant

mesothelioma lung cancer . This new and exciting drug has been demonstrated in clinical

trials to reduce symptoms and increase the life expectancy of patients.

Photodynamic Therapy: Photodynamic therapy involves the use of

light to destroy cancer cells. The patient first is first administered a

photosensitizing drug that only collects in cancerous cells. Fibre-optic cables

are then inserted in the body in order to focus light of a certain frequency on the

tumour. The light stimulates the photosensitizing drug to produce toxic oxygen molecules

that destroy the cancerous cells.

These experimental mesothelioma cancer treatments, although still in the developmental stages,

offer cancer victims the prospect of a better and longer life. With the

likelihood of an increase in the number of people diagnosed with asbestos

cancer, further research into other forms of mesothelioma cancer treatment is

vital.

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What are asbestos? Asbestos are mineral fibers that can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity. These minerals have been used widely in many industries. Chemically, asbestos are silicate compound of silicon and oxygen atoms in their molecular structure. The building and construction industries use asbestos for strengthening cement and plastics as well as for insulation, roofing, fireproofing, and sound absorption. The shipbuilding industries insulate boilers, steam pipes, and hot water pipes with these minerals. For their vehicle brake shoes and clutch pads, the automotive industry makes use of these fibers. Asbestos materials are also used in ceiling and floor tiles paints, coatings, adhesives, plastics and many others.

In recent years, due to widespread public concern about the health hazards of asbestos, domestic consumption had significantly dropped. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer, studies show that constant exposure to asbestos caused an increase in asbestosis syndrome, mesothelioma, gastrointestinal, colorectal cancers and other diseases. Early stage asbestos lung cancer is hard to detect because of lack of apparent symptoms. It usually begins in the bronchial lining or the bronchioles, lung air sacs and trachea. The cancer develops slowly but can spread and invade other parts of the body.

Like any other type of lung cancer, the diagnostic tests include physical exams, x-rays, ct scans, imaging tests, PET scan and biopsies. During the diagnostic procedures, you should provide the medical team with vital and relevant information on the extent of asbestos exposure. Factors such as how long has been the exposure, estimated volume of exposure, source, size, shape and chemical make- up of asbestos fibers, whether you are a smoker or non-smoker and current lung problem are important things your doctors should be aware of. With regards its chemical make-up, studies have suggested that if the exposure is with the amphibole asbestos rather than the chrysotile, the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma lung cancer is greater because of the tendency of the amphibole fibers to lodge in the lungs for a long time.

Asbestosis is a disease in which asbestos fibers can cause scarring, inflammation of tissues and growth of non-malignant tumors in the lungs. They are benign and do not spread to the other organs. On the other hand, with mesothelioma, the growth of tumors that occurs in the serious thin membrane linings are malignant and they grow fast and spread to the other organs. When it occurs in the lungs, it is called pleural mesothelioma. It is a rare type of lung cancer. You can detect it by x-rays and confirm by biopsy test. Traditional treatments recommended by a medical team depending on individual evaluation include radiation therapy, surgery and chemotherapy.

Prognosticating mesothelioma reveal serious mortality rates. Factors which affect prognosis are area of cancer, stage, histology, patient’s general health, age and response to treatment. Survival rate for patients with high level of white cell counts, presence of SV40 virus and certain biochemical markers from date of diagnosis is only a few months. The median life expectancy rate is about a year.

There are still many work environments and trades in which people are constantly exposed to asbestos. You may belong to any of these groups. Some of them are operational engineers, steamfitters, sheet metal workers, pipe fitters, plumbers, metal lathers, merchant marine, firefighters, shipyard workers, industrial plant workers, plumbers, construction workers, asbestos plant workers, boilers, longshoremen, railroad workers, industrial painters, workers in glass factory, schools, power plants, cement plants, military, hotels, telephone companies, oil refinery, loading docks, hospitals, chemical plants, heating and air-conditioning, boiler or engine rooms, etc.

If you happen to believe having a prolonged exposure to asbestos and are experiencing abnormalities, it is to your best interest to undergo a comprehensive physical exam. You should have a complete x-ray of the front, back, side, and oblique views. Other tests are pulmonary function test, blood work, a CT scan, etc. Request your doctors to explain to you what the tests reveal. It you are diagnosed with a lung cancer from asbestos, have the courage to face it frontally and disclose your condition to your loved ones. Ask for their support and prayers. Seek a second opinion. Lastly, pray for supernatural healing!

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Treatments for asbestos vary depending on the type of disease the person contracts. There are many options and some are disease-specific, which means that the treatment option is only applicable to a certain disease.

There are quite a lot of asbestos diseases, each of which have distinct characteristics but commonalities are largely observed among larger classes of asbestos diseases.

How to Treat Mesothelioma

There are no standard measures of treating mesothelioma given by the FDA. The manner by which this disease develops is not fully known except for the act that it develops from asbestos exposure. But still, the options for treatment is not lacking. In fact, with earlier diagnosis comes greater chances of treating mesothelioma. These include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, complementary and alternative medicines, experimental therapies, surgery and even lifestyle modifications.

If you have been exposed to asbestos for a certain period of time and yet there are still no signs of mesothelioma, the best thing that you can do is seek medical help and discover the possibilities of having mesothelioma. It is wise if you would consult a doctor who truly specializes in asbestos and asbestos-relate diseases since he is more likely to have more experience and knowledge on this particular field of medicine.

Chemotherapy could be administered but sadly there are too few individuals who respond favorably to this treatment. This is a relatively aggressive form of treatment and often used when no other options are left. Radiation therapy, on the other hand, is targeted on lessening the pains that comes with e symptoms of mesothelioma.

Surgery is sued for the removal of cancerous cells and tumors. Another treatment option is palliative surgery that is used to relive the pressure of the accumulation of unnecessary fluids in the areas affected. This is normally conducted when the tumor is too large for removal.

Complimentary and alternative methods are used in conjunction with other treatment options. These include more traditional treatments and typically help in the enhancement of an individual’s personal life. Healthy regimens such as regular exercise and healthy diet are also recommended to help more one’s quality of life.

How to Treat Asbestosis

Asbestosis, like all other asbestos-related diseases, have no hope for cure yet but as always there are measures that will help lessen the aggravation of the disease and of the symptoms.

Asbestosis is a disease that affects the lungs of a person who has been exposed to higher degree of asbestos fiber. Its primary symptom is the scarring of the lung tissues.

If you were diagnosed with asbestosis, the initial measure is to limit your exposure to asbestos and smoking. The latter contributes a lot to contracting inflammatory diseases. The first line of defense is to give you antibiotics to resolve other respiratory diseases.

If you are diagnosed with asbestosis, your doctor will likely instruct you on how to an asbestos bronchial drainage which leads to excessive coughing to remove unwanted materials in the bronchi. Symptoms such as shortness of breath could be helped by treatment with bronchodilators and other measures such as oral and inhaled medications which would allow the easier air passage. Oxygen supplementation could be administered for more sever cases of asbestosis.

For minimal discomforts, however, over-the-counter medications are usually recommended which include drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

How to Treat Asbestos Lung Cancer

The combination of asbestos exposure and smoking extends the risk of contracting asbestos lung cancer. Treatments for laryngeal asbestos cancer include the following options:

Radiotherapy is the type of treatment that will focus on the early stage of larynx cancer since it is effective enough for treating small tumors in the affected parts. This is typically combined with surgery. A patient could also elect to use radiotherapy before surgery to eliminate further the cancer cells that were possibly left behind. Chemotherapy is used for advanced cases of larynx cancer.

When the asbestos disease is already aggravated, there are really too little options that could be offered to you. However, if diagnosis and treatment is early, your physician might give you a lot of options to choose from. Multiple treatment options could also be used but this would require several specialists to conduct the examination and the process of treatment.

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Asbestos is a term used to classify a group of mineral fibers that share properties of thermal and chemical resistance, flexibility, and hight tensile strength. The term “asbestos” comes from the Greek word for inextinguishable and was termed the “magic mineral” because of its’ extraordinary ability to withstand heat. There are six minerals defined as asbestos including: chrysotile, amosite, crocidolite, tremolite, anthophyllite and actinolite.

The history of this remarkable, but hazardous material dates back to at least 2500 B.C., when it was used as an ingredient in pottery making. Since then, asbestos has been used in a wide-range of products such as automotive brake pads and clutches, cement, ceiling and floor tiles, boilers, electrical wire insulation, gaskets, joint compound and adhesives, just to name a few.

Mesothelioma is type of lung cancer that is aggressive in nature and almost, always results from exposure to asbestos. At present there is no known cure for Mesothelioma and life expectancy is between 4 to 24 month from the initial onset of symptoms. Currently there is an ongoing epidemic of this disease in the US and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. The primary cause of the Mesothelioma problem is negligence on the part of asbestos manufactures since the1970′s whom did not protect their employees from the dangers of asbestos. Due to this fact and because the latency period for Mesothelioma is between 20 to 40 years, the court system has being inundated with pending asbestos cases ever since. It is estimated that asbestos cases will not peak for another 20 years.

Below are some statistical facts about asbestos and mesothelioma lung cancer:

  • Asbestos is considered a carcinogen, which means that it can cause cancer.

  • Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that occurs naturally in the environment.

  • About 70% to 80% of all reported cases of asbestos exposure occur in the work place.

  • Over the past 50 years, occupational exposure to asbestos in the United States is estimated to have occurred in approximately 8 million people.

  • Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of lung cancer that results from exposure to airborne asbestos fibers.

  • There are two types of Mesothelioma, pleural and peritoneal.

  • Initial symptoms of Mesothelioma do not appear until 30 to 40 years after first exposure to asbestos.

  • Symptoms of Mesothelioma usually arise 2 to 3 months before the cancer is found and can resemble shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, persistent cough, pneumonia, chest and abdominal pain.

  • Mesothelioma is a terminal disease with no known cure and victims die within 18 months of diagnosis due to the cancer being too advanced by the time it is detected.

  • Treatments for Mesothelioma include surgery to remove the tumors, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of all three.

  • Management of mesothelioma depends largely on the the staging of the tumor as well as the age and physical condition of the patient. Early diagnosis and surgical intervention may lengthen life expectancy.

  • According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 3,000 new cases per year of malignant mesothelioma are being reported in the United States, and the incidence appears to be increasing.

  • Asbestos cases will continue to increase and it is estimated to peak around the year 2025, according to experts.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued regulations to phase out the use of almost all asbestos products in 1989, and these rules were overturned in a court challenge in 1991.

  • Asbestos is still not banned in the US and there are about 5,000 products that contain asbestos circulating in the US.

  • Most asbestos products are used as an ingredient in the making of a final product, such as vinyl-asbestos flooring and friction products, which are purchased mostly by the construction and automobile industries.

  • EPA has not banned any substance for any use since 1991 under the provision of the law used for the asbestos ban.

  • It is estimated that about 8 million people in the U.S. have been exposed to asbestos in the work place, and, or their home.

  • The Congressional Budget Office claims that there are 322,00 pending claims.

  • Fair compensation for mesothelioma frequently means a settlement of over $1,000,000.

  • About 2,500 victims of Mesothelioma die each year.

  • The disease is three times more common in men than in women. In men, the occurrence of mesothelioma is ten times higher in men between the ages of 60-70 as compared to men between the ages of 30-40.

  • Due to the monetary value of Mesothelioma as a keyword search term on the Internet, there are bids on Overture or Google Ad Words of over $160 per click, which primarily involved law firms.

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For the eye of the unsuspecting public, asbestos is a miracle material that protects their houses and other materials from easily contracting fire. But, behind these advantages to homeowners, the industrial workers suffer from health hazards that are oftentimes fatal.

Asbestos was primarily used to fireproof houses; it was also popular as a roofing. However, during the recent years, many diseases have been related to it and it is apparent that many more will be discovered that can be directly rooted to asbestos.

But asbestos, as is, does not really cause the diseases. Instead, the culprit is known to be the asbestos fiber that comes from the damaged asbestos materials. These accumulate through continuous dilapidation of asbestos-based products, say the roofing of your attic. Once there are conditions that led to the damaging of the asbestos, it is likely that the material will release asbestos fiber that can be sent to the air. The danger now comes when a person inhales the asbestos fiber since it will likely stay in the air passages – the lungs, thus leaving fibers that can cause asbestos diseases.

There are higher risks though in industrial workplaces such as mines, shipyards, construction sites, and railroads since there are higher degrees of asbestos use. Thus, people who have worked in these places are likely to have higher risks of contracting asbestos diseases. This is also the reason why mesothelioma, laryngeal cancer or asbestosis are considered as occupational diseases.

There are several risk factors that will largely determine the probability that you will contract asbestos diseases. These include the following:

Concentration – Asbestos diseases will only develop in relation to the degree of exposure. There should be enough concentration of asbestos in the air we breathe before we even begin to develop asbestos disease silently. If such concentration is not met, the likelihood that a person will contract the disease is very low thus, even if you were around a house with dilapidated roofing made of asbestos, that is still not enough reason for your body to react violently. Companies who practice regulation of the degree of asbestos fiber in the atmosphere of the worksites are at very low risks of jeopardizing the health of their workmen.

Duration – Asbestos exposure needs a relatively long period of time before the person is endangered.

Dose – There is a certain combination of concentration and duration that limits the person’s capability to resist the disease. Once the immune system is breached, the person is likely to suffer from a continuous development of asbestos diseases without usually knowing the presence of the disease.

Asbestos diseases are usually dose-responsive. This means that with a longer exposure comes higher dosage of asbestos fiber exposure. Therefore, there are high risks of contracting and developing diseases.

Typically, the development of any asbestos disease depends on this dosage-response principle. People who have worked in industries that make use of large asbestos concentration are at greater risk of developing asbestos diseases than those who have used asbestos materials once in their house only. In the same way, a working period of 15 years against 5 years in an asbestos mine has a greater risk factor of building up amounts of asbestos fiber in the body.

But, the greater danger is that both are susceptible to asbestos diseases and other inflammatory and asbestos-related diseases. These include health conditions such as lung cancer and those that affect the mesothelium, the tissue that lines several organs in the body that are most vulnerable to asbestos diseases.

But the problem with asbestos diseases is that they take decades before initial symptoms of diseases are seen. This is the reason why people who have worked in asbestos exposed work sites only discover that they are ill after 20 to 50 years. Family members of these people are also at great risk since asbestos fiber can be transferred to the air.

The time from the initial exposure to the first signs of symptoms is called the latency period. As we have said, this can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years. But the shortest latency period is 5 to 10 years, but this is relatively rare. Chances are, the victim will never get rid of the asbestos fiber once it is inhaled or ingested. This is because the asbestos fiber will remain trapped in the lungs for life.

There is hope in treatment though yet there are no cures for asbestos diseases. The best thing that one can do is to help alleviate the symptoms to lessen the suffering of the victim.

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Issues on asbestos are perhaps one of the most top rated in both the medical communities and the legal communities. As you may have noticed in the past couple of years, there have been a great sprouting of cases against companies who allow the usage of asbestos in any forms. However, do you know that your house could also be a good source of asbestos?

No wonder, there are lots of children, who are definitely not exposed in asbestos in industrial areas where it is frequently used but are still at high risk to asbestos cancer and mesothelioma. Many experts believe that even the homes could be said as culprit to the various diseases directly caused or triggered by this industrial element. But of course, it would take a specific amount of asbestos ingested or inhaled before a person shows symptoms of any asbestos-related diseases.

The mere presence of asbestos in the home is perceived to be a minimal problem and is therefore not considered very hazardous. But once the materials made of or has the material asbestos becomes damaged overtime, that’s when real problems occur since a deteriorated asbestos material could possibly release asbestos fibers which are the main perpetrator of diseases relating to asbestos. In this case, the best advice is to leave the material untouched or undisturbed. This would prevent the exposure of your home and children from asbestos fibers.

Asbestos fiber is known to cause two types of cancer- mesothelioma and asbestosis. The former shows symptoms of cancer on the abdominal cavity and lining of the lungs, while the latter has the main symptom of scars in the lungs.

If there are high amounts of asbestos in your home, it is likely that exposure would cause adverse effects on the health of your child. This risk increases over a period of time when a specific degree of exposure is observed. In fact, the probability that your child will develop lung cancer with asbestos is much higher than that of exposure from cigarette smoke. To make matters worse, signs disease development would only occur after 20 to 30 years when the disease is aggravated enough to eliminate the possibilities of healing.

If your home does not contain large doses of asbestos fiber though, even long period of exposure would mean nothing against your health. Nonetheless, it is still better for you to protect your child from the risk of developing cancer.

So if you think your home contains asbestos material, don’t make any moves yet. It is best to leave these materials alone or the fibers would spread inside your house. Sawing, scraping and any types of abrasive treatments on materials that contain asbestos would likely promote the spread of the fiber.

If the asbestos material remains untouched, there is no actual risk of your child, or you, of developing cancer.

Check the materials in your house that probably contain asbestos. In any case like this, you need to protect the material from any sort of damage or disturbance. If you have observed any signs of damage on the material containing asbestos, it is best that you limit the access to the particular part of the house where the damage is found because it is likely that there are higher exposure risks in places like this.

If the material is detachable like stove-top pads and board covers, it is best to discard these items and purchase products that make use of alternative materials. If, however, you have discovered that there are parts of your home where damages on the asbestos materials are severe or you need to get these materials off your house due to replacement, it is best to let professionals handle the work and stay as far away from the affected site as possible for as long as the work is ongoing.

In case you are truly sure that your house has asbestos materials used in its construction, it is advisable that you call an expert and have it observed.

There is no known cure yet for asbestos exposure this is why it is very crucial that you protect your child from these fibrous materials at a very early stage through assuring that your home is free of fibrous asbestos.

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By the term asbestos, we refer to all those fibrous minerals that are used as an element to resist heat or fire. Asbestos is dug from rocks that are metamorphic in nature. Asbestos plant workers are employed for the purpose of digging asbestos from the rocks. This has put most of the workers in this profession at risk because they are in contact with asbestos. When exposed to asbestos, people can suffer from various diseases such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plagues, etc. These asbestos related diseases are on the rise particularly in countries like the United States.

These ailments caused by exposure to asbestos are deadly because till date there has been no cure for most of these diseases. So it is very important for asbestos plant workers to be careful when they are working in an environment that has asbestos. They have to take extra precautions so that they do not breathe in the asbestos fibers.

In the early days, people in Greece noticed the harmful effects of asbestos on people working with asbestos to turn it into cloth. In recent times, the death tolls started to rise in those places where asbestos mines were situated and this made people investigate the properties of asbestos.

Those companies that were engaged in producing goods from asbestos decided to overlook the harmful effects of asbestos and as a result, the asbestos plant workers became prone to asbestos related diseases. Several lawsuits have been made against the asbestos companies because of the adverse effects of asbestos on the plant workers.

Some Diseases Affecting The Plant Workers

The diseases that affect the asbestos plant workers are as follows:

Asbestosis

When the plant workers inhale or take in asbestos fibers, they are putting themselves at risk of getting asbestosis. After inhaling the asbestos fibers, the worker’s lung suffers from inflammation and irritation. This disease is not cancerous which means that it does not lead to cancer. Initially, the body of the worker tries to protect it self by fighting with these fibers but this will further make the matter worse by harming the cell and causing inflammation.

The worker may not know that he has asbestosis because this is only discovered though x-ray. He will not feel or experience any symptoms, which will make him come to a conclusion that he might be suffering from asbestosis. The airways and the air sacs of the worker’s lung may be blocked by scar tissues or fibrosis that grows near these air passages. This will make the worker feel uncomfortable while breathing. In fact, the more the scar tissues or fibrosis grow the more complicated it will be for the worker to breathe properly. When an asbestos plant worker has asbestosis, he will cough and will not be able to breathe normally.

These symptoms will deteriorate with time even when the worker is not being exposed to asbestos anymore because this disease is progressive in nature. Even though it is rare but some times this disease can be deadly. Such an ailment can harm both the lungs of the worker. It means that it is not restricted to one lung only. Those who are suffering from this disease are more prone to develop mesothelioma or lung cancer. Currently, no cure has been found for this kind of disease and this is one of the reasons why all the plants’ workers are asked to be very careful while they are at work.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma or malignant mesothelioma is a disease where tumor develops in the body of the asbestos plant workers when they are exposed to asbestos fibers. This tumor has the propensity to extend or multiply to various body parts and hence, this disease is considered to be fatal. Mesothelioma either develops in the abdomen or chest cavity. There are also cases where the tumor grows in the cavity close to the heart. Studies have shown that men workers are more prone to develop this disease as compared to women. Research has also shown that Mesothelioma is more common among the Caucasians. Actually, this type of disease is not common but once it attacks a person it can be very risky.

Lung cancer

This disease is regarded as one of the most deadly diseases where the tissue in the lung is transformed and expanded. Exposure to asbestos can lead to lung cancer in the asbestos plant workers.

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