A mesothelioma is a form of cancer that occurs in the linings of the lungs, abdomen, or heart. Up to the moment, there is no cure for it and one of the reasons why an individual acquires this disease is that of prolonged exposure to asbestos. It has a very poor prognosis for it takes around at least 20 years for the symptoms to develop.
Asbestos has been used even during prehistoric times. It can be mixed with clay to produce stronger pots and utensils. The Romans and Greeks wove it into their clothes. It is fire and heat resistant making it a very good material for buildings and components of other equipment. The name asbestos itself means inextinguishable. It is also well documented that asbestos is carcinogenic and causes lots of illnesses that is why it is banned in many countries.
There are many asbestos job sites where asbestos is used exposing those people to get mesothelioma. Some of this sites include constructions sites, industrial work sites, commercial manufacturing plants or factories, power plants, and shipyards. People who are working on this sites are in contact directly with asbestos or using materials that have asbestos on it.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
It takes around 20-50 years of exposure to asbestos for the symptoms of mesothelioma to appears. These symptoms are similar to that of other diseases that are why it very difficult for a doctor to diagnose an individual with mesothelioma. A thorough test is needed such as X-rays and CT scan is needed to determine if an individual has mesothelioma. If you are working on the sites that are stated above, then it is better if you are exhibiting mesothelioma symptoms such as:
- Difficulty when breathing or experiencing some pain.
- Fluid accumulation in the lungs or abdomen.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Loss of weight.
- Excessive sweating
If you are showing signs of this symptoms, then go immediately to the doctor you trusted. If you acquire mesothelioma while working, then better consult legal firm to see if there are any legal issues that need to be addressed.