Mesothelioma – Know the Dangers of Asbestos
A dangerous but rare form of cancer that effects the protective lining that covers most of the organs including lungs, abdominal cavity.
The most common cause of mesothelioma is inhalation of asbestos. Repeated and sustained exposure to asbestos for a long span of time causes mesothelioma.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is an industrial material widely used in construction and manufacturing.
In 1973, the usage of asbestos has reached to 800,000 metric ton.
However, its usage has been declined to 1700 metric ton since many governments, and safety organizations have realized its negative impact.
Where asbestos is used?
Asbestos is used in:
- Industrial buildings
- Motor vehicle manufacturing
- Heating or cooling systems
- Ships, work equipment and industrial plants
Who Are at Highest Risk of Asbestos Exposure?
These people are at highest risk of asbestos exposure.
People work in military:
- Battlefield chemicals
- Building demolition
- Military related construction and manufacturing
- Damaged building exposure
People work at:
- Asbestos mining and milling industry
- Old vehicle repair and recycling places
- Construction, demolition industry
- Building trades insulation
- Ship building trades
- Ship insulation
- Paint industry
- Up to 70 billion have been spent by the insurance companies and business organizations on asbestos related litigations and family compensations.
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood/wheezing
- Abdominal pain
- Shortness of breadth
Facts about Mesothelioma:
- In USA, every year 3000 new cases are diagnosed with mesothelioma.
- 9000 people die every year due to mesothelioma, asbestos or asbestos related diseases.
- 125 million people are exposed to asbestos at workplace every year worldwide.
- Mesothelioma risks are higher in men than in women with the ratio of 80% in men and 20% in women.
- More than 100,000 people die worldwide due to asbestos related diseases due to asbestos exposure at the workplace.
- Due to the changes in asbestos exposure and lawsuits, the number of cases of mesothelioma may decrease in coming years.
Mesothelioma survival rate:
Only 5% – 10% patients live up to five years after they are diagnosed with mesothelioma only if it is diagnosed at very early stage.
The average survival time for the people diagnosed with mesothelioma is 4 to 18 months.