|Posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM|
Mesothelioma, is more commonly known in South Africa as Asbestos Lung Disease, although not technically correct.
“Mesothelioma is a rare incurable cancerous disease usually caused by exposure to asbestos, in which malignant cells form a tumour in the mesothelium (the outer lining that protects the body’s major organs such as the stomach, heart, and lungs) - the most common site is the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity).”1
Mesothelioma is well promoted in other parts of the world but sadly not so here. Back in the mid 70's around some 20,000 people were employed on our asbestos mines. In fact it’s no small surprise that with the highest rate of mesothelioma diagnosis on earth, South Africa has been called the "Mesothelioma Capital of the World".
In the USA, 26th September is known as National Mesothelioma day. To support this day, organisations such as mesotheliomaSymptoms.com are spreading awareness by educating as many online communities about the dangers of asbestos exposure and how it can lead to this terminal disease.
“Asbestos is a carcinogenic, fibrous mineral, which was once widely used in construction, usually for insulating purposes. Asbestos fiber has been used in everything from building materials, car parts, roads, and school playgrounds to clothing, bedding, and even tampons.”1
However even after the bans have been placed on asbestos mining & production, it poses a real threat today for workers and homeowners making green improvements to their surroundings, through the removal and disposal of old asbestos products.
Although to date there is no proven cure for the disease, early detection can result in a physician being able to halt the spread of tumours and literally add years onto the life of patients.
“Patients with mesothelioma generally do not demonstrate symptoms of this disease until 20 to 50 years after their initial exposure to asbestos. Fibers that embed in the tissue surrounding the body’s internal organs, the mesothelium, usually must be present for many decades before the development of cancer. These fibers gradually accumulate and cause scarring, which leads to inflammation and cancer. Although these fibers are most often introduced into the body through inhalation, the material can also be introduced through ingestion as well. Initially, symptoms may be mild and an individual might not find them cause for alarm. However, as the cancer spreads, these symptoms become more severe and debilitating.”2
Should you know or suspect anybody who has been exposed to asbestos please do encourage them to find out more about its effects.
With regards to understanding the effects of Mesothelioma, including tons of free advice, you will find it extremely worthwhile to visit www.mesotheliomasymptoms.com
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