One of the worst realizations of being diagnosed with mesothelioma is that it is a very aggressive cancer and it moves very quickly. It is not uncommon for victims to go decades before being diagnosed, which only results in a shorter amount of a time that a person may be able to seek effective treatment for this illness.
Despite the fact that people have known for decades that asbestos is toxic and can cause cancer, people continue to suffer from diseases and cancers caused by the airborne fibers. Tragically, the malignant forms of these cancers are ultimately fatal and while there are treatments to extend a person's life and ease the pain, a diagnosis can come too late for many victims.
One of the most devastating characteristics about asbestos-related diseases is that they are often caught too late to treat effectively. In most cases, people who have developed the deadly disease don't know they have it until 10 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos, which is the primary cause of mesothelioma. Once detected, tragically, there is little that doctors can do.
Asbestos has been a worldwide problem for decades. While some countries have not banned the toxic substance, the dangers associated with exposure to asbestos are now generally well-known. Like those in the United States, victims of exposure across the world are suffering from mesothelioma, a lung cancer, and other diseases as a result of their contact with asbestos.
Mesothelioma is, undoubtedly, a devastating disease. About 20,000 people die every year from malignant mesothelioma, and one of the most tragic traits of this disease is that it can take years to detect. However, researchers are optimistic about a new device that may make it easier to identify malignant mesothelioma in early stages.
People who live in the Iron Range of Minnesota may be disheartened by recent research into why so many of them are dying from mesothelioma. The study has confirmed that residents in the area are at a much higher risk of developing the fatal disease, but so far, they are unable to confirm why this is. They do know that mesothelioma is only caused by exposure to certain airborne fibers such asbestos. Finding this link in the Iron Range, therefore, is critical.
Significant research has been done to understand the cause and effects of mesothelioma. This aggressive form of cancer forms in the lining of the chest and is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. As research continues, some scientists are looking into why not everyone exposed to asbestos develops mesothelioma. Could some have a genetic predisposition to the fatal disease?
We have long discussed the dangers that asbestos exposure presents. For several years, it has been known that mesothelioma is caused by contact with and prolonged exposure to the toxic substance, but there may be additional causes. Recent studies have shown that another fibrous material may lead to the lung disease as well.
A recently published research report offers hope to patients suffering from mesothelioma and other lung diseases which so often cause wrongful death. In it, cancer researchers from the University of Pennsylvania indicate that they have achieved a breakthrough in discovering a type of cold virus which mobilizes a person's immune system to combat mesothelioma cancer and a few other types of cancer when injected into the body.