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Why does asbestos exposure lead to cancer in some patients?

Asbestos exposure can lead to cancer in some patients. There is a direct link between exposure to these fibers and cancer of the mesothelium and other parts of the body, largely due to the scarring they cause.

In 2018, a scientific study finally determined why asbestos fibers often cause cancer in those who have been exposed. The Swiss National Science Foundation determined that the long, pointed asbestos fibers would continue to irritate the area around them. That irritation would then lead to chronic inflammation and a higher risk of cancer.

Do I have symptoms of mesothelioma?

As we age, it's common to experience new sensations, aches, pains and less-than-perfect health. You may find that you suffer from colds and the flu more severely if you are over the age of 50, and you may find that your joints ache after being active.

Many of these aches and pains are merely symptoms of getting older, and they are usually not a sign of a serious illness. However, if you have been experiencing unpleasant symptoms in the last weeks or months, you should never hesitate to get it checked out by a doctor so you can rule out something more serious.

Managing mesothelioma symptoms through alternative treatments

Being diagnosed with a disease such as mesothelioma will have a huge impact on your life. Not only will you have to deal with the physical symptoms of the disease, but you'll also likely be worried about your future prognosis, your ability to provide financially for your family and the cost of treatment. In addition to suffering physically, many suffer mentally as an indirect result of their illnesses, which can cause even more stress to the body.

It is therefore very important that mesothelioma patients do not only treat the illness itself, but also the stress that comes with the diagnosis. In some cases, patients have seen considerable benefits from complementing their treatment program with additional holistic initiatives. The following are some treatment philosophies that you may want to consider.

First treatment in 16 years approved for mesothelioma

Individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma are often told quickly that their treatment options are limited. Recently, a new combination of drugs was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. This is the first approval in 16 years for treatments for malignant pleural mesothelioma.

There are approximately 20,000 individuals diagnosed with this type of mesothelioma each year in this country. Sadly, it is a terminal condition. Approximately 10% of people who are diagnosed in the advanced stages survive five years.

What items might you find that have asbestos?

Despite the common knowledge that asbestos is harmful and can lead to mesothelioma, it's still found in many products that are used in this country. It's imperative that everyone knows what products might contain it to stay safe. Ideally, individuals will completely avoid any products with this material.

If you must come into contact with any products that contain asbestos, you should do your best to avoid inhaling it. This means that you may have to wear a respirator while using the product, as well as until you're able to change your clothes and take a shower. Being extra cautious is a good idea since the consequences of asbestos exposure are so severe.

Our Win for Asbestos Victims Can Make a Difference

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that dates back to 4000 B.C. During the Industrial Revolution, use grew in a variety of products, spurring on mining and manufacturing. Today, asbestos is responsible for serious illnesses, specifically mesothelioma. While consumers were told that the pluses of use were numerous, the companies touting the fibers were aware of its deadly dangers.

Our firm recently accomplished a massive legal win for asbestos victims around the nation, awarding the widow of a mesothelioma sufferer $32.7 million in compensatory damages. The case was brought all the way to the Fourth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and it may support a lower burden of proof for victims of dangerous asbestos in the future.

How does mesothelioma impact your mental health?

Even though the use of asbestos has declined in the United States and businesses that still deal with it have put strict safety guidelines into place, there's still a chance that people who currently or formerly worked around it will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. A mesothelioma diagnosis opens up a plethora of life changes that can be difficult to deal with.

While most people will focus on the effects of mesothelioma on the respiratory system, there are other ways that it can impact you. This is a rare cancer that spreads quickly, and it requires swift and aggressive treatment to try to slow it down. This, coupled with the knowledge that it is a fatal form of cancer with no known cure, can have a huge toll on the victim's mental health.

New treatment may be helpful for lung cancer patients

You went to your doctor after feeling unwell, you were sent to get multiple tests. You worried that you may have pneumonia or bronchitis, but you were in for a surprise. When you got the phone call that you needed to come in, you knew that something was wrong.

Not long after that, you were told that you had Stage 3 pleural mesothelioma, likely from your years of service in the military, and you would need to start treatment to help make you more comfortable. At this stage, there are some treatments you can try, but the likelihood of remission is low.

Signs that your loved one has mesothelioma

It's natural to worry about the health of your loved ones, especially if they have been exhibiting concerning symptoms lately. If you are worried about the health of your loved one, it's always a good idea to consider the risk factors they have when it comes to certain health conditions.

For example, if your loved one is overweight, they have a statistically greater chance of suffering from type 2 diabetes. If they have worked in an environment where toxic exposure to certain chemicals is likely, they will have a much higher chance of an occupational disease.


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