Asbestos exposure and lungs
How asbestos exposure occurs in your lungs? First, mesothelioma is a cancerous condition of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the delicate membrane that wraps around the lung and which coats the chest cavity where the lung sits.
During your normal breathing, those two surfaces glide against one another for normal, comfortable breathing that allows irritation not to occur in that spot.
If you inhaled asbestos, asbestos moves its way toward the edge of the lung and reaches the mesothelium. When reaches the edge of the lung, it can cause inflammation in those delicate cells. Asbestos has been directly linked to this malignant change. That´s why asbestos is by far and away the most common cause of mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a naturally occuring mineral that is mined. And many years, the workers in those mines were not told about the terrible dangers involved without using the proper respiratory equipment, or other things to protect themselves, particularly from breathing in this terrible, terrible fiber.
The latency of symptoms
The latency period is at least ten years. Most often thirty years before any symptoms of asbestos exposure. But certainly, the 9/11 experience, the World Trade Center experience, is a very good example of people who are now beginning to feel the effects of inhaling materials that nobody recognized as being problematic while they were exposed to it.
So many of those heroes, the men and women who went down to the site, rescue and recovery workers, were told of course that the site was okay. Don’t worry about it.
They weren’t given the proper respiratory equipment. And here they were exposed to this toxic soup, which included asbestos and other very, very dangerous materials.
Today, unfortunately, we’re seeing the beginning of those asbestos exposures. Which not only includes mesothelioma, but lung cancer, which is also caused by exposure to asbestos.
Symptoms of mesothelioma are the same symptoms of any lung condition. The lung can make you cough. The lung can make you short of breath.
You could have pain in the chest, and perhaps other things, too, but there’s nothing unique to mesothelioma.
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