Mesothelioma usually occurs years after significant asbestos exposure and can progress differently in every individual depending on their health. If someone’s workplace regularly exposes them to asbestos, it’s important to speak to an individual in charge regarding asbestos removal.
Why is Asbestos Harmful?
Because asbestos particles are incredibly small, they have the ability to further break down and once inhaled, can cause a series of issues. Once these fibres enter the lungs, they get stuck in lung tissue and aggravate it, causing it to scar.
How Does Mesothelioma Start?
It begins as very small nodules in the lung lining which develops into cancer, not usually showing symptoms until 20-5o years after exposure and disease development. This means that you may not know you have mesothelioma, which is a risk for those who are exposed to asbestos regularly at their workplace.
What Are the Symptoms?
According to asbestos.com, some of the most common symptoms of mesothelioma once it has developed include:
- Wheezing or dry cough
- Shortness of breath
- Respiratory complications
- Chest or abdomen pain
- Fever or night sweats
- Lung fluid
- Muscle weakness
How Can Mesothelioma Be Detected?
Biopsies are usually the most surefire way of detecting the disease. Catching the disease is much more difficult during earlier stages because its symptoms tend to mimic other less-serious diseases. For this reason, having regular cancer screenings are a good way to catch it on time before it develops into a stage 3 or 4. Most commonly, mesothelioma will be caught via x-ray by accident.
How is Mesothelioma Treated?
Most commonly, treating mesothelioma involves a combination of treatments ranging from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. There are also other supportive, life-extending, less invasive treatments that can lead to a higher quality of life for patients.
If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms or are worried about asbestos exposure, speak to your doctor. If you are concerned about being exposed to asbestos in your home or workplace, get in touch with BC Green to speak to our team of professionals regarding asbestos removal.