Lung Mesothelioma

Asbestos Cancer

Asbestos Cancer

Asbestos Cancer

Asbestos cancer mainly occurs due to exposure to asbestos which is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals that are separated into thin threads. They are used in the manufacture of brake pads, pumps, gaskets, cement and glass due to their heat resistant property.

Asbestos fibers can cause cancer known as asbestos cancer which is a malignant tumor when asbestos is inhaled. This type of cancer is mainly caused by various risk factors that lead to cell abnormalities and also an uncontrollable cell growth.

It has been seen that effects of asbestos are physical that is mechanical damage. Mechanical damage is whereby very slim asbestos fibers destruct chromosomes hence leading to the disruption of mitosis which results in cancer.

Their different types of asbestos cancer and they include: lung cancer which is classified into two and they are small cell lung cancer (SLCC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); mesothelioma cancer which is also classified into two that is pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma.

Asbestos leads to the above cancers when inhaled; it gets trapped in the body’s internal organs like the lungs. The fibers then remain in the lung tissue for a long period and can trigger chemical reactions leading to asbestos cancer which can take decades before developing.

Asbestos cancer progresses very slowly, it takes long to metastasize in order to infect other vital body parts. The cancer cells mainly target the mesothelium layer thus disrupting the coordination and movement pattern of various body parts, by causing severe pains and disorders in those areas.

Generally, the people at high risk of developing asbestos cancer are those who work in asbestos-containing product companies. Workers who are also at risk of developing asbestos cancer are mechanics, welders, carpenters, construction workers and shipyard workers.

People who also come into close contact with those working in asbestos companies are at risk, that is, secondary exposure can occur since asbestos fibers can stick to people’s clothes and the people in their households will inhale thus developing asbestos cancer after a very long period.

Asbestos Cancer Early Symptoms

Asbestos cancer early symptoms are:

Respiration problems which are the earliest signs that are characterized by lung pains or pains in the ambit of the respiratory system.
Abdominal pain
Chest pains and severe coughs that do not go away even when under normal medication
Digestion problems
Improper bowel function
Recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia
Loss of appetite suddenly and weight loss.
Blood in the sputum
Pleural effusions and
Hoarseness in the voice.
Asbestos cancer symptoms will help in early treatment therapy and elimination of the tumor. Mostly, patients with asbestos cancer have a decreased life expectancy since it develops after 20-50 years after the time of exposure to asbestos.

The recommended asbestos cancer treatment options are: for lung cancer treatment they are; surgery, thoracotomy, median sternotomy, anterior limited thoracotomy, anterior-axillary thoracotomy, posterolateral thoracotomy and photodynamic therapy. For asbestos cancer mesothelioma treatment they are; surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.

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