Creating awareness on how exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma may be the best way of fighting the pain mesothelioma brings to many families in the United States and beyond. Many homes particularly in developing countries still have asbestos roofing and research has shown that constant inhalation of tiny airborne particles of this material predisposes the individual to mesothelioma.
Mesothelium is the tissue where mesothelioma develops
The name mesothelioma was derived from the mesothelium tissue where the cancer develops. The mesothelium is the tissue surrounding the lungs, abdominal cavity and the stomach. The severity of mesothelioma varies with the exact region that is affected. There are three kinds of mesothelioma based on position of body where they grow.
Asbestos particles in the lungs will cause accumulation of fluid
Once asbestos particles are inhaled, they pass through the trachea ending in the alveoli. The alveoli are the organs where the blood gets oxygenated before transporting this oxygen round the body. This structure which is found in the lungs has a network of nerves and tissues. The asbestos particles will accumulate in the mesothelium tissues obstructing the free flow of lymph.
Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma can be frightening
The only chance of surviving mesothelioma is early diagnosis. It is frightening to be diagnosed of mesothelioma and people will prefer not to avail themselves of the knowledge. However, if mesothelioma is diagnosed early, there is a better chance of stopping it from progressing further. People (especially those above fifty years) should be encouraged to go for regular mesothelioma checks.
Raising awareness is the key to reducing the spread
The more attention is given to mesothelioma, the more people will see it as a problem and begin to think of a cure. Raising awareness is also the best way to support those that have been struck down by this menace and let them understand that they are not alone.
There are different types of mesothelioma
It has become like a tradition to name cancer with regards to the area of the body that is affected – and this happens to be the case with mesothelioma. There are three types of mesothelioma namely;
- Peritoneal mesothelioma (affects abdominal lining)
- Pleural mesothelioma (this the most common form and it affects the lining of the lungs)
- Pericardial mesothelioma (affects the lining of the heart)
Asbestos is used by many industries
Long before the regulation of asbestos use took effect in the US, it was one of the core products of automotive industries. When asbestos products are damaged, they release asbestos fibers which can be inhaled unknowingly. Asbestos has also been used by paint industries and paper industries but the majority of its usage was as roofing component.
Mesothelioma kills silently
The major reason why mesothelioma is an issue is because it takes years to develop. The key to surviving any form of cancer is early diagnosis. Mesothelioma will normally present no symptoms. Pleural mesothelioma which is the most common form will present symptoms that can easily be mistaken for common cold or other bacterial and viral respiratory tract infections.
New treatment plans are under development
Surgery and chemotherapy remain the widely used therapies for the management of mesothelioma. Surgery is sometimes supplemented with radiation therapy for a more effective result. However, new treatment regimens like viriotherapy and anti-angiogenesis are under clinical trials. Most of them are already showing promising results.
Mesothelioma awareness group should organize more seminars
The awareness for mesothelioma will be stronger if all the various mesothelioma awareness groups around the globe form a quorum and work in unison. Seminars should be organized frequently with aggressive media awareness.
- There are three types of mesothelioma.
- Pleural mesothelioma is the most reported form.
- Asbestos is a toxic chemical that is used by different industries.
- Mesothelioma attacks the mesothelium tissue which lines the lungs, heart and abdomen.
- Awareness is the key to getting people interested in finding a cure for mesothelioma.
- Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the most employed forms of treatment.
- New treatment options are emerging for the treatment of mesothelioma.
- The media and the internet should be exploited in creating awareness for mesothelioma.
- Creating awareness is a way of identifying with mesothelioma victims.
- Mesothelioma usually presents no symptoms.
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