Understanding Mesothelioma

Families trying to be healthy through a balanced diet and plenty of exercise may fail not because of their lack of information or their lack of effort, but because of their environment.  Where you spend most of your time can have negative effects on your long term health.

Older homes, buildings, and schools may contain a poisonous mineral called asbestos. If inhaled or ingested, asbestos particles collect in the lining of the lungs or stomach, causing a cancer called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms include shortness of breath and chest heaviness. These signifiers are often misdiagnosed and are latent for 20-50 years, meaning that the cancer has metastasized and that treatment is less effective.  Treatment for mesothelioma is very similar to standard cancer treatment and includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and tumor removal surgery.

If you are experiencing mesothelioma symptoms and may have been exposed to asbestos, it is important that you see a doctor and request a cancer screening. Screenings for mesothelioma include chest x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and PET scans.

Of course, prevention is always better than treatment. Be sure that your home is toxin free. If you suspect asbestos, do not attempt to remove it on your own. Handling asbestos materials can loosen the fibers and increase your risk of mesothelioma.  Instead, keep all persons and pets away from the contaminated material and contact a licensed and trained asbestos abatement professional.

...written by Eric, a guest writer.


healthy living said...

When I was in high school our classroom was located in an old building. Two months before our graduation, the school decided to replace the roof which we are not aware are made of asbestos. My, I really hope I won't get this disease.. fingers crossed!

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