The Dangers of Asbestos

The industrial revolution popularized asbestos as people sought ways to make buildings and products less susceptible to fire and electrical damage. The fire, chemical, and electrical resistant properties of asbestos had been known since the times of ancient Greece, but it wasn’t until the early 1900s that its use became widespread. Asbestos is a common,… Continue reading The Dangers of Asbestos

Treatment of Mesothelioma

Treatments are available for every type of mesothelioma, though, patients may respond in different ways to the same treatments. The stage that the cancer is at indicates its maturity level, as well as the patient’s general health. This has to be taken into consideration when the doctor develops a plan for treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation… Continue reading Treatment of Mesothelioma

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