Due to continuous exposure to asbestos, a form of cancer may happen to people exposed to it. It is called Mesothelioma, or Asbestos linked cancer. It is a very rare type of cancer that develops in the mesothelioma cells. They are the cells that are formed in the protective sac which covers the entire body’s internal organs. Mesothelioma Asbestos usually happens to people who have worked in an asbestos-related field. Their work exposed them to asbestos particles and they inhaled asbestos fiber which leads to Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer.
Who is at risk?
It has been noticed that Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer is usually found in those who work in shipyards, asbestos mills, and mines, factories producing asbestos products. It is usually high among those who have worked in asbestos-related areas and have inhaled asbestos fiber. It takes a long time to show up. It may take up to 30- 40 years for Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer to present itself. In the last 20 years, the incidence has increased.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer include shortness of breath and chest pain. There may be weight loss too and pain in your stomach and also swelling in the abdomen region. There may be quite other symptoms too in Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer, such as bowel problems, severe anemia, and fever. However, they may also mean lesser serious illness and thus you must consult your doctor immediately.
Types of Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer
There are many types of Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer. Some of them are:
-Chrysotile Peritoneal mesothelioma
-Epithelial malignant mesothelioma
To prevent Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer, those who work in asbestos-related environments are required to wear special protective clothing and carry equipment for their protection. This helps in lowering the risk associated with exposure to asbestos. The longer and heavier the exposure to asbestos, the greater are the risks of developing Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer. But it is not that everyone who is exposed to asbestos develop Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer, it varies from person to person. However, there have been cases of family members of the exposed persons getting Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer! Thus the person exposed to asbestos must remove all traces of asbestos from himself before leaving the workplace. Thus he is required to shower and change and discard the used clothes even if he will need them immediately.
Diagnosing and treatment:
The symptoms of Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer are quite similar to many other diseases, thus diagnosing it may become difficult. A complete medical history is studied into and through the body, a checkup is done. A biopsy also needs to be done.
The treatment for Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer depends on various factors like the location, advancement of the disease, age, general health of the patient, and so on. Accordingly, the doctor may recommend chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, or a combination of any two or three. It is the doctor who alone can decide what the best form of treatment for the disease is. Apart from Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer, many other types of cancer may happen due to exposure to asbestos particles. Cancer of the lungs and the kidneys may also form. If the person exposed to asbestos smokes too then his risk of developing any type of cancer along with Mesothelioma Asbestos cancer increases manifold.