Asbestos Related Diseases: Mesothelioma

Cosmetic SurgeryFor many people who worked in labouring industries before the 1980’s, there is a high risk of occupational disease. This comes in the form of mesothelioma; a cancer that is caused by breathing in asbestos particles. The disease is a form of lung cancer that is terminal and very debilitating. As the disease is asbestos related and often caused by industry, it is relatively easy to claim for mesothelioma compensation.

Mesothelioma is caused by malignant cells that develop in the mesothelium, which is a protective lining that covers most of the body’s internal organs. There are several places where the disease develops, including areas around the heart and abdominal cavity.
Most of the sufferers of mesothelioma have worked in areas where they have been exposed to asbestos fibres and subsequently inhaled. Some cases have been seen where people who have washed the clothes of workers dealing with asbestos have also contracted the disease, as the fibres have been breathed in during the washing process.

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With normal lung cancer, smoking can increase the chances and growth of the cancer; mesothelioma is no different. Whilst there is no associated link directly between smoking and getting mesothelioma, smoking can greatly increase the risk of other asbestos related cancers.

Mesothelioma symptoms include shortness of breath, chest wall pain and other general symptoms such as weight loss. Diagnosis is carried out by chest X ray or CT scan which can be confirmed by a biopsy of the affected tissue. Whilst treatments are available for the disease including radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery, the prognosis is often quite bad. Mesothelioma is nearly always fatal, but with other cancers, the length of time can vary depending on the progression and severity of the disease. Research is ongoing into the early detection of the disease, but when it appears, it is often too late to treat effectively.

If you have worked in an industry that involved asbestos heavily, then you should be aware of the dangers and have regular checkups. Whilst the prognosis may be bad, early detection can help with the available treatments and improve the life of a sufferer.