Majority of mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestos

18 Apr 2018 by under Research/Treatment

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Majority of mesothelioma patients were exposed to asbestosAbout 3,000 people are diagnosed with each year in the United States, and between 70 to 80 percent of them were exposed to in their lifetime. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of lung cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and other organs. The disease typically kills within 18 months of diagnosis.

Asbestos is a strong, flexible mineral with fire-proof properties once commonly added to cement, insulation, roof shingles, and other products. Asbestos has been positively linked to the development of mesothelioma.

People who were involved in the manufacturing of products that contained asbestos, or installing or maintaining these products, can breathe in or swallow these tiny asbestos fibers. The fibers can also adhere to clothing and other personal items, exposing family members of those working around asbestos to potentially high levels of the fiber.

Asbestos was more widely used in the late 1900s. Current safety regulations require people who work with the mineral to wear protective equipment and to shower and change clothes before leaving the workplace.

It can take years – even decades – for mesothelioma to develop and cause symptoms. Depending on where the tumors originate, symptoms can range from shortness of breath, a buildup of fluid in the chest, and chest pain to abdominal pain, abdominal swelling from a buildup of fluid, and bowel obstruction. Other symptoms include weight loss, fatigue, fever, night sweats, and blood clotting issues.

Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos in their lifetime who experiences any of these symptoms should talk with their doctor. People diagnosed with mesothelioma and their family members should consider talking with an attorney, as they may be entitled to compensation.

Source: Cancer.net

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