Mesothelioma and asbestos exposure – Who is exactly at risk to get?
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Approximately three thousand new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed every year.
And the three thousand does not count the many thousands of additional cases of lung cancer, which are also known to have been caused by exposure to asbestos.
Many of these are workers, construction workers, and most of them have been working around or near it, because asbestos is everywhere. But that doesn’t include all of them, because we have many cases of people who are at home.
Here is an amazing story of asbestos exposure, and a very sad one, directly related to this.
It was really one of the first cases of mesothelioma that I saw, that I was involved with. It was about a girl. Her father worked in the Brooklyn navy yard. He came home, and she was responsible for washing his clothes. And from that exposure, he had the asbestos on his clothes. So, if there is such a thing as second-hand exposure,I think that’s a good example of it.
She developed mesothelioma. Obviously, she knew that she had asbestos in her environment because her father worked there. But it’s the hair dryers, the toasters, and the other home improvements. . . products that we use everyday. Absolutely, and this is what we call “take home exposure. “
What about treatments of asbestos exposure?
The best treatment is surgery. If there is a localized case, where there is one area of chest wall that is involved, then there is still room for that.
If someone out there maybe knows of someone that’s been asbestos exposed, or wonders if they’ve been exposed to asbestos, what options do they have?
Their real option is hope, and they have to remain hopeful.
They continue to do work every day, but they must get medical help as soon as possible.
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