We are living in a current medical climate where illness is something that we have to deal with daily. With COVID-19 running through the country it is now more important than ever to make sure you are working to prevent the illnesses that you do not have to suffer through. Illnesses like mesothelioma can be prevented and with the right course of treatment, you can live with the disease to the best of your ability.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare type of malignant cancer that is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos and the subsequent inhalation of those asbestos fibers. When these fibers become airborne, they become very easy to inhale. When they are inhaled, they embed themselves into the pleural lining of the lungs. These fibers are very small, very easy to inhale without your even realizing that you are breathing them, and they are very hard to remove.
When these fibers are embedded in the lungs they cause pain, discomfort, and difficulty breathing. They can also cause cancerous tumors and the formation of scar tissue on the lungs. As these tumors grow they can spread through the body. The scar tissue makes it difficult to breathe and can even lead to the need for breathing treatments and artificial respiration methods.
Mesothelioma is not treatable, it is something that has to be managed. You can have chemotherapy to help possibly shrink the tumors and prolong your life but you cannot get rid of it entirely.
How to Prevent Mesothelioma
This type of cancer is only caused by the inhalation of asbestos. The best way to prevent this type of cancer is to make sure that if you are in a building that does have asbestos, you are taking proper precautions like wearing a respirator and making sure to remove all fibers from clothing before you go home. In most cases, if you are dealing with a home or a building that does have asbestos, proper removal procedures will have to be taken to ensure that the asbestos is fully removed and that you are safe.
Asbestos-related illness is not something that you have to suffer with. Asbestos was a commonly used building material before the 1970s and for the most part, asbestos has been removed from most buildings. Asbestos is a material that is rather harmless in instances where it is undisturbed. This means that if the asbestos is behind a sealed wall for instance and it is left alone, you may not have any trouble with it.