I did not receive any compensation for this post, nor did I ask for any. Today, I am just going to take a moment for mesothelioma to bring more attention to this disease.
Did you know that every year, close to 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma and are given an average of 10 months to live?
Asbestos exposure is the number one cause of occupational cancer in the US – 30 years after the peak of its use! It can be found in many older homes, schools, factories, and commercial buildings.
Asbestos is not banned in the USA. It is possible to experience second-hand asbestos exposure by touching clothing or items that have asbestos fibers on them.
No amount of asbestos exposure is safe.
USA Veterans are at the greatest risk of mesothelioma.
Men are four times more likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma than women; although many women are becoming victims of secondhand mesothelioma through second-hand exposure.
There are three types of mesothelioma; pleural, peritoneal, pericardial.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura.
Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum.
Pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart.
Mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnosed due to symptoms that closely resemble other respiratory conditions.
Symptoms can include: lower back pain or side chest pain, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, persistent cough, fever, weight loss or fatigue. Additional symptoms that some patients experience are muscle weakness, loss of sensory capability, coughing up blood, facial and arm swelling, and hoarseness. Further symptoms include abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea, and vomiting.
Symptoms may not appear until 30-60 years after initial exposure to asbestos.
Conventional treatment options for mesothelioma include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
You can learn more by visiting Mesothelioma.com
Thank you to Cameron Von St. James, husband of mesothelioma survivor Heather Von St. James for contacting me and sharing this information. You can read more about Cameron and Heather on the mesothelioma blog.