Mesothelioma


Asbestos Fibers


Mesothelioma is a cancer that has been linked to asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells ofthe mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.


For more on asbestos and mesothelioma cases, please follow this link: Asbestos and Mesothelioma.


 

The mesothelium is a thin protective layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs.

Malignant mesothelioma (a cancer) (pleural, peritoneal mesothelioma…) – which has been closely linked to exposure to asbestos fibers – is a horrible and devastating rare form of cancer that occurs in the mesothelium and can spread to other parts of the body.

People who develop this rare form of cancer were most likely exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers while working in various industries (e.g., shipbuilding) to support their families, including military personnel and veterans.

It is common for the development of mesothelioma to occur 20, 30, 40 or sometimes even 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos.

For more information on malignant mesothelioma, click on one of these links:

  1. American Cancer Society
  2. National Cancer Institute.

Asbestos is a mineral that was once widely used in variety of industries – including the oil and plastics industry, construction, and shipbuilding – to manufacture a variety of household and industrial products in the United States and around the world.

And over the years, many different occupations have come in contact with asbestos fibers including, ship builders, military – army, navy and marine personnel (machinist mates), carpenters, factory workers, brake manufacturers and railroad workers to name a few.

Quite shocking are the reports that an estimated 27 million workers in the United States were exposed to aerosolized asbestos fibers between 1940 and 1979. Asbestos exposure has been linked to or is a possible cause of mesothelioma cancer (pleural, peritoneal…).

Unfortunately, and most disturbing, are the studies published by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Center For Disease Control (“CDC”), in conjunction with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (“NIOSH”), that reveal that about 3,000 people are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma cancer in the United States every year.

As shown in the CDC/NIOSH report, men are more likely to develop malignant mesothelioma cancer than are women, and that malignant mesothelioma is more common in older adults – people over 65. The entire report on mesothelioma is available at the CDC/NIOSH website.

According to the American Cancer Society, the life expectancy and survival rate after diagnosis with mesothelioma is about one year. But, there is always hope and progress for treatment options or new ways to cure this horrible disease afflicting mesothelioma victims.

Malignant (cancerous) mesothelioma – which has been closely linked to or is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers is a horrible and devastating rare form of cancer that occurs in the mesothelium – a thin protective layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs.

People who develop this rare form of cancer were most likely exposed to dangerous asbestos fibers while working in various industries to support their families. It is common for the development of mesothelioma to occur 20 or sometimes even 40 years after initial exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos fibers have been used in the manufacturing of a wide variety of industrial and household products in the United States and around the world.

For more on mesothelioma and asbestos, please visit the links below:

For more on asbestos and mesothelioma cases, please follow this link: Asbestos and Mesothelioma.


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