How Important is the Air You Breath?

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There are many chemicals and fibers that pollute the air we breath in everyday. This polluted air can cause or provoke many diseases and infections. Most people who develop mesothelioma who have worked around and or inhaled asbestos. For many years companies have used asbestos in a number of different commercial and industrial capacities. They(asbestos fibers) cling to the respiratory system, including the inner cavity tissue and the lining of the lungs. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer developed from transformed cells originating in the protective lining that covers most of the internal organs in the body. The outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall are the common resting places for the disease. There are three recognized forms of mesothelioma commonly found in patients. Most people(70%), develop Pleural mesothelioma which attacks the linen of the lung. Peritoneal mesothelioma and Pericardial mesothelioma attacks the lining of the abdominal cavity and the lining of the heart respectively. Professionals in the industry say that smoking is not associated with the disease, but smoking will increase your risk for other cancers.

The most prudent fact about this disease is in most cases, symptoms of the disease will not appear initially in a individual who has been exposed. In fact, studies have proven that many years can past before the symptoms begin to show. These symptoms are usually ignored and passed of as everyday ailments. Statistics show that sixty percent of people diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma experience lower back or chest pains and shortness of breath. Difficulty swallowing and and a persistent cough have also been attributed to this form of mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms include severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and weight loss. As with any other cancer, mesothelioma is categorized in stages. So, the earlier the disease is detected the better chance a person has of surviving. In spite of years of research and studying, doctors and surgeons say it's still very difficult to determine the best way of treating the disease. Mesothelioma is diagnosed in only 3000 people a year in the United States. This limits the amount of time and research put into remedying this type of cancer. This causes many problems in regards to determining the ideal therapy in each stage. This fact makes reducing pain and suffering and prolonging the patients' life the primary goal of treatment. The most important consideration in the treatment of mesothelioma is the stage level and type. A formal staging classification is only available for pleural mesothelioma because of how rare mesothelioma is. 

Despite the rareness of mesothelioma, it's a very aggressive form of cancer and the best treatment for it  is preventing it from happening. Look for traces of asbestos at your job and if your unsure ask your boss. If you are, in fact, subjected to asbestos where you work, it is suggested that you wear protective goggles. Be sure to change your work clothes and wash your hands when leaving work, even for your lunch break. Professionals also suggest that you check the home thoroughly and even recommend hiring a professional.

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