Asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for mesothelioma and accounts for up to 80% of cases. Many people experience asbestos exposure at work or as a result of living with someone who works with asbestos. People who work in factories, mining, construction, shipbuilding, and other manufacturing industries are the most at risk. Asbestos particles can also travel home on skin and clothing.
Additionally, asbestos has been found in talcum powders, like Johnson & Johnson baby powder Shower-to-Shower and some cosmetics.
How Does Mesothelioma Work?
Unfortunately, mesothelioma can take years or even decades to develop after asbestos exposure, which means you may not know how bad your asbestos exposure was until it is too late. Mesothelioma occurs when the cells in the lining of your lungs and other protective tissues (mesothelium) react to asbestos and become inflamed. Over time, the inflamed tissue turns into scar tissue and malignant mesothelioma tumors begin to grow.
Is There a Cure for Mesothelioma?
No. The symptoms of mesothelioma include abdominal pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, and unusual weight loss. If you have signs and symptoms that might indicate mesothelioma see your doctor right away.
Although there is no cure, your doctor may be able to perform surgery to reduce the amount of cancer within your body or control the cancer to make you more comfortable. Because doctors usually diagnose mesothelioma at an advanced stage, the disease most often results in death.
Can Mesothelioma Be Prevented?
While working around asbestos is always dangerous and increases your risk of developing mesothelioma, personal protective equipment (PPE), exposure limits, and other work practices can reduce this risk.
If you work with asbestos, your employer must take certain steps – outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – to limit your exposure and keep you and your family members as safe as possible.
Due to EPA Actions, manufacturers are no longer allowed to create products that contain asbestos.
What If I Develop Mesothelioma After Asbestos Exposure?
If you develop mesothelioma due to occupational asbestos exposure, you may need to file certain claims such as a workers’ compensation claim to help you with medical bills and missed wages. You may also want to file a safety and health complaint with OSHA anytime your workplace fails to follow OSHA asbestos standards.
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