Washington, DC – (WiredPRNews.com) MesotheliomaWeb.Org acts as an authoritative reference for patients and their families who are coping with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the band of tissue that encircles the lungs. MesotheliomaWeb.Org furnishes visitors with the most recent news on research projects, treatment processes, and other facts on the disease. The goal of the web site is to promote awareness regarding asbestos-related diseases, in addition to as endeavors to care for and remedy patients affected by mesothelioma.
During the last 1970s and early 1980s, scientists uncovered the link between asbestos exposure and lung diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestosis. In 1973, US contractors used more than 800,000 metric tons of the mineral fiber in applications ranging from insulation and fireproofing to concrete mixes and roofing tiles. By 2005, that amount had been reduced to less than 2,500 metric tons.
Numerous federal and state agencies, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have instituted measures to insure worker safety while handling the carcinogenic material. Precautions include the use of coveralls and breathing masks to prevent workers from inhaling the fibers or carrying them in their clothes. The agencies have also spelled out specific procedures for the handling and disposal of asbestos-containing materials in order to preserve the environment.
All of these precautions help to minimize workers’ exposure to the dangerous fibers. However, studies have shown that there is no such thing as a “safe” level of asbestos exposure. Numerous reports have surfaced in recent years that show how a worker can carry asbestos fibers home to his family in his clothes. As the family comes into contact with the contaminated clothes, the worker can inadvertently expose them to the toxic mineral.
Another factor that has led to an increase in mesothelioma diagnoses in the smoking habits of asbestos workers. When asbestos was in prevalent use during the mid-twentieth century, tobacco use was also widespread. At the same time that scientists were learning of the connection between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, other research teams showed the link between tobacco use and cancer. The combination of these two factors has frequently led to diagnoses of lung cancer, mesothelioma and other severe respiratory disorders.
Numerous cases from around the world have shown patients contracting asbestos-related lung diseases even after minimal exposure. A problem that makes mesothelioma diagnoses more problematic is that the disease often does not display symptoms until several years after the initial exposure period. Patients who receive mesothelioma diagnoses seldom have good prognoses: most live less than two years.
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