Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that typically forms in the lining of the lungs. In very rare cases, it forms in the lining of the heart, abdomen, or testicles. After several years of study, doctors discovered that mesothelioma is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos. Once this process was better understood, the government began regulating the ways in which asbestos could be used. Before these regulations came into effect, many people were negligently exposed to the substance while on the job. Others, because it was often used in construction materials and manufactured goods. Those who were exposed to asbestos and later developed mesothelioma may have the right to sue those responsible. However, mesothelioma and how it relates to the law can be complicated, and those put in this position often have a lot of questions.
Elderly pleural mesothelioma patients that under go an aggressive surgery have seen their survival rates increase dramatically. This also goes against the myth that older patients should not have surgery because the risks out weigh the reward. Age should not be a deterrent because the stage of your mesothelioma appears to be a more important factor than how old you are.
Mesothelioma is a rare disease and because it is rare people do not have all the facts when it comes to mesothelioma. They tend to believe in myths and misconceptions when it comes to mesothelioma. We are here to shed some light on what is fact and what is fiction. Our goals at Mesothelioma Advocate are to educate people about mesothelioma and asbestos.
The public awareness to the health risks of asbestos has increased over the past few decades. It is well publicized that asbestos has been used in building materials, in the military, in products and much more. Almost all Americans have come into contact with an asbestos product at one time or another, most likely without them even knowing it. That is a scary statement. You and your family members could be in contact with asbestos products on a regular basis without you even knowing it.
Patients commonly begin by seeing a family physician who examines them and asks about their general health and symptoms. During a physical examination, the doctor will feel the area where there is swelling or pain to see if they can find a lump. The doctor also will listen to a patient’s chest to see if there are any signs of fluid collecting.
The Twelfth Annual Resolution establishing the National Asbestos Awareness week was unanimously approved by the Senate. This was led by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and bipartisan co-sponsors.
Back in 2011, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and cosponsors for introducing a resolution that declares the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week” and seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases and the dangers of asbestos exposure.” The other bill sponsors are as follows: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and Senator Jon Tester (D-MT).
Researchers in Italy have analyzed the United States of America’s government SEER cancer database and have determined that individuals being diagnosed with mesothelioma are only slightly higher when they have had radiation treatment than those individuals that have not.
Mesothelioma specialists and scientists had determined that radiation exposure increased your chances of a mesothelioma diagnosis, but this new finding shows that the chances are minimal. An individuals exposure to asbestos through their occupation and environment is still the main cause for mesothelioma.
Imagine you are looking to move into a big, beautiful home that was built in the early 1900s. Your family may be excited about your “new” dream home, but that dream actually may turn out to be a nightmare. During the 1900’s, many homes, buildings, offices, military barracks and other structures were built using asbestos. Until asbestos regulations were enacted during the 1970s and 80s, countless homes were constructed with asbestos building materials. So if your home was built before 1980, then chances are there is asbestos material located on or within the structure.