Mesothelioma is caused by long exposure to asbestos such as actinolite, tremolite, amosite and crocidolite. The asbestos fibers are risky to the lungs as they make it hard for an individual to breathe. The accumulation of asbestos leads to cancer of the lungs where some parts are dry and cracking. It becomes hard for an individual to inhale properly due to the dry part of the lung. Mesothelioma is cancer that is caused by asbestos from rocks and other mineral products in the region. The exposure to the minerals makes an individual vulnerable to get the condition in the future. Most people with mesothelioma are found in the construction industry due to the availability of tiny and thin asbestos fibers.
Parts of the body that Mesothelioma affects
In most of the cases Mesothelioma is found in the lungs (Pleural mesothelioma) which make it hard for one to inhale and exhale. The minerals from asbestos fibers make the lung to dry which reduces the smooth movement of air in the lungs. It is a threatening condition as an individual suffers a sharp chest pain from the lungs being dry. The tumor develops over time, and it is located in the lower part of the lung. After inhaling the thin asbestos fiber, they stick in the lung and large trapping of fibers develop mesothelioma.
- Irritation while breathing
- Chest Pains
- Weight loss
- Neck swelling
The symptoms of mesothelioma are similar to a common cold which can generate for over 20 years before being discovered. The common treatment offered to people who are exposed to asbestos fibers is pneumonia. Mesothelioma irritation develops slowly as the fibers continuously stick on the lungs.
- People in the construction industry
- People handling brake pads, gaskets and insulation materials of cars
- People in industrial jobs
- Electrical wiring professionals
- Plumbers dealing with pipes and pipe fitting
- People living in an environment with a high concentration of asbestos exposure
The high number of people who are exposed to asbestos products that cause mesothelioma led the US government through the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate businesses dealing with asbestos materials. The asbestos fiber is 1200 times thinner than the human hair making it hard for an individual to discover the products in the environment. The EPA established Asbestos Information Act of 1988 which requires manufacturing companies to provide details of the level of asbestos in their products. The information is used to minimizing the likelihood of staff and people using the products to get mesothelioma in the future. The companies dealing with minerals that have high levels of asbestos should provide the safety measures that are used in dealing with the health threat. The prevention of asbestos disposal to the environment makes it possible to reduce the number of Mesothelioma in the society.
Prevention and cure
The prevention measure is to have an insight of asbestos products that cause mesothelioma and asbestosis. Cancer does not have cure requiring an individual to develop prevention measures that will minimize the accumulation of asbestos fibers in the lung. Workers in factories producing with a high level of asbestos should wear masks to prevent the inhaling of the harmful products. Pleurodesis and Radiation therapy is performed to remove the fluid in the mesothelioma tumor to increase the life of a patient.