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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Be Careful With Asbestos

Asbestos, a mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rocks, are commonly used in building and construction materials like roofing, flooring, fire proofing and thermal insulation. This is primarily because asbestos is strong, fire-resistant, flexible and a good thermal insulator.

Later on, however, research studies proved that the use of asbestos can seriously affect peoples' health conditions. As a fact, Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer, is known to have been caused by exposure on asbestos. The disease occurs when malignant cells spread in the mesothelium which is the protective lining that covers most of the body's internal organs.

Mesothelioma prognosis are often accompanied by chest wall pain, shortness of breath, fatigue or anemia, and even tumor. There are two typical types of this deadly cancer. The first one, which involves spread of malignant cells in the tissue that covers the abdominal area, is called the Peritonial Mesothelioma. The second one, which is Pleural Mesothelioma, occurs into the sac that covers the pleural cavity around the lungs.

While the mesothelioma is indeed a rare form of cancer, it is very important that people, especially those working in the construction industry where there are big possibilities of workers being exposed to asbestos, should take very careful precautions. If we take the case in the United States where there were many previous cases of patients with mesothelioma prognosis, people even go as far as hiring mesothelioma lawyers to represent them during asbestos or mesothelioma lawsuits.

There are certain cases where patients suffering from this disease survive and still live normal lives after their battle with cancer. But of course, it is always a priority to keep the disease from coming, rather than battling it out when it's in your body.

Beware of using asbestos-made products and materials.

-An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure-

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