Asbestos was one of the most common industrial materials put to use in the twentieth century. It has also proven to be one of the most lethal, as inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to a wide range of pulmonary problems such as asthma and asbestosis – and can also be the direct cause of mesothelioma.
What is mesothelioma? It is a lethal cancer that attacks the membranes around the lungs, the heart and the abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma cancer of the lungs is by far the most common form. Perhaps its most unusual characteristic is that mesothelioma diagnosis usually occurs decades after the initial exposure to asbestos.
It takes years for the asbestos fibers to work their way into those membranes; after an extended presence they begin to cause fluid accumulation and tumor development. However the first mesothelioma symptoms are such afflictions as a persistent cough or shortness of breath – symptoms that are often mistaken for evidence of more common lung problems, which delays the mesothelioma diagnosis even further.
We as people need to be aware, and keep ourselves knowing about this deadly cancer. We need to donate, to show we care for research. Help those who are afflicted. Don’t let those who have this terrible affliction be left behind thinking no one cares. Only we as a people can help.