Post: Asbestos-What it is?
Posted by R.Anand on 11/06/05
Asbestos-What it is?
Asbestos as the Primary Cause of Mesothelioma
Asbestos is a type of insulation material, which was used
widely in the past in the following industries:
Ship building industry
Other manufacturing industries
Mesothelioma occurred most often in persons who worked in
the above industries and were exposed to asbestos in their
workplace. The use of asbestos was very widespread after
1945. However, first symptoms of mesothelioma may not
become apparent 10-40 years after the initial exposure,
which makes it very hard to diagnose. The peak in
mesothelioma cases is expected to be reached around 2010
according to some studies. There are three most commonly
used types of asbestos: white, brown, and blue. Brown and
blue asbestos are most commonly associated with
mesothelioma. These types of asbestos have been banned by
most countries in the 1990s.
Asbestos is a very dangerous substance and can cause a lot
of damage to your health. It is made up of very small
fibers, which can find their way to pleura (outside lining
of the lung) and damage the cells pleura is made of. These
fibers can also be carried on clothing, which makes them
dangerous not only to the person exposed to asbestos, but
to their family members as well.
Note of Urgency
Mesothelioma is a life-threatening disease and cannot be
left untreated. The sooner it is diagnosed the better a
patient's chances are of fighting this deadly cancer.
Please contact a qualified physician immediately if you or
someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
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