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Mesothelioma and the Danger of Other Asbestos-related Diseases

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Cancers, Illnesses | 0 comments

There is one historical account which says that the last great Sassanian king Khosrow II Parviz (531–579) and wealthy Persians cleaned their tablecloths by throwing these into fire instead of water. And since the tablecloths were made of asbestos, they never burned.

Asbestos, a term derived from an ancient Greek word with the meaning “inextinguishable” or “unquenchable,” is a fibrous mineral which immediately became the material of choice among manufacturers due to its cheapness, abundance, strength and resistance to fire, electricity, and various types of chemical reactions and breakdowns. Since the last quarter of the 1800s, manufacturers saw asbestos as a perfect component in the manufacture of fireplace cement, fireproof drywall, fire retardant coatings, acid, fire and heat resistant gaskets, bricks, and concrete. The US Navy and shipyard employers, likewise, exposed more than four million workers to thousands of tons of asbestos during the Second World War for the building of battleships and other US military products.

Asbestos is known to contain sharp, tiny fibers that can stick to the lungs when inhaled and never removed by our body’s natural defenses. Regular exposure to tons of this mineral, however, would very likely render the body’s defenses incapable of fully protecting us from its harmful and often, deadly effects.

There are three known deadly effects of asbestos, namely:

  • Lung cancer, which has a higher risk of development in persons who regularly inhale high amounts of asbestos fibers as well as smoke cigarettes
  • Mesothelioma, a rare, yet deadly cancer which affects the cells surrounding the lungs and other organs
  • Asbestosis, a lung disease that makes breathing difficult, due to scarred tissues in the lungs. Though non-cancerous, asbestosis remains to be a serious, life-threatening illness.

Besides being a deadly cancer, another very unfavorable characteristic of mesothelioma is its very long delay in manifesting its symptoms, normally more than 30 years after first exposure to asbestos. This makes many mesothelioma victims past the age 60 before the cancer even gets diagnosed; some, however, never get to see personally the result of their claims lawsuit as the deadly cancer takes their lives before the court finally reaches a decision.

Thousands of workers have already died due to asbestosis or mesothelioma; thousands remain confined to their bed, being slowly eaten away by asbestos’ deadly effects. Companies which exposed workers to asbestos definitely knew about the mineral’s deadly effects, yet these chose to compromise workers’ health for profit.

The website of Williams Kherkher explains different types of asbestos-related diseases, how these diseases gradually worsen and affect the worker and his or her family. Those who have been regularly exposed to asbestos due to their work may find it wise to undergo medical checkup to know how the toxic mineral has actually affected their health.

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