What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer. It attacks the lining around the lungs – the pleura – and is often termed a ‘pleural cancer.’ Other people just call it lung cancer. It comes from exposure to asbestos. In the past, people didn’t know that asbestos was dangerous, so they used it for insulation in homes,… Continue reading What is Mesothelioma?

What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Getting a cancer diagnosis is never good news. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer with only 2,000- 3,000 new cases diagnosed in the US each year and most cases can be traced to occupational asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is considered incurable, but in recent years doctors have learned how to better treat and diagnose this particular cancer.… Continue reading What to expect after a mesothelioma diagnosis

Understanding Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining surrounding internal organs in the body. There are three types of mesothelioma. The most common, accounting for about 70% of cases, is pleural mesothelioma that affects the lining surrounding the lungs and internal chest cavity. Mesothelioma can also affect the… Continue reading Understanding Mesothelioma

Job Discrimination Protection for Cancer Patients

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offer protection against discrimination on the job. You are protected against discrimination from your employer under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act also emphasizes that, if necessary, you should be provided “reasonable accommodations” in order to continue with your job. Under… Continue reading Job Discrimination Protection for Cancer Patients

Cancer Clusters

When beginning to learn about cancer clusters it is important to know the facts about cancer itself.  Cancer is the growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body and if left untreated it can often result in death.  There are more than 100 types of the disease and it can attack any part of… Continue reading Cancer Clusters

Toxic Effects of Asbestos

The toxic effects of asbestos are not due to its chemical make-up, but its structural features: fibers. Chrysotile is 90% of the world’s asbestos production. Amosite appears to be the culprit. 5-10% amphiboles which are rod forms associated with malignant mesothelioma even when chrysotile is present. Chyrsotile breaks down in the body much faster than… Continue reading Toxic Effects of Asbestos

Asbestos Toxicology

There is some understanding of the etioloy, but the basis for mesothelioma formation is unknown. Asbestos is inert in natural rock form. For it to be hazardous, it must be turned into fine flakes of dust that can be inhaled. So there is a risk in mining, milling, and abatement activities with friability. Respirators make… Continue reading Asbestos Toxicology

Get medical advice

Individuals that experience symptoms associated with occupational diseases should seek medical advice as soon as they notice symptoms. The sooner these types of diseases are diagnosed and treated the better the prognosis is for patients. There are doctors who specialize in occupational medicine but they are very rare. Of the 800,000 physicians in the United… Continue reading Get medical advice

Common Occupational Lung and Respiratory Diseases Defined

Exposure to workplace irritants can lead to a vast array of diseases. These diseases may last only as long as the exposure continues or may be chronic conditions that last a lifetime. Certain lung and respiratory illnesses that are caused by occupational exposure to chemicals, dangerous fibers or other substances can cause fatal diseases that… Continue reading Common Occupational Lung and Respiratory Diseases Defined