Mesothelioma cancer is a type of cancer that millions of people in the world as at now know absolutely nothing about. The cancer is known to be felt after forty (40) years of being exposed to it.
Today, WestAfrica24.com has brought to you some facts that you need to know about this less known type of cancer caused by a material common in products around us.
First of all, let’s get the answer to these serious questions; What is Mesothelioma and symptoms of mesothelioma. This type of cancer is simply defined as a tumour of the tissue that lines the lungs, stomach, heart and other organs of the human body. Some of the commons symptoms of it are; cough, chest pain and shortness of breath.
Now, relax and take your time to check the facts listed below;
1). It is mainly caused by a building material known as asbestos which is mined from the earth. Also,
2). This type of cancer is only felt in the human body 40 years after being exposed to asbestos, the material that mainly causes the less known cancer.
3). People are often exposed to this type of cancer mostly at workplaces. It has been confirmed that more than 125 million people worldwide are exposed to what causes the mesothelioma cancer at workplaces.
4). You risk falling victim to this cancer if you wash cloths of persons who work with asbestos. People who live close to or work at mining sites and road construction projects are at high risk of getting this cancer.
5). The asbestos that mainly causes the cancer is found in many common products we frequently come into contact with. These products include; building cements, brake linings, gasket, roof shingles, textiles and insulators.
6). Though radiation causes other types of cancer, it is the same radiation which is used in treating the mesothelioma cancer. This treatment method is proven to be one of the best treatment for the mesothelioma cancer as it is generally resistant to radiation.
7). This cancer has caused the death of at least six (6) world famous personalities who are; Malcolm McLaren, Steve McQueen, Mickie Most, Warren Zevon, David Martin and Paul Kraus.
8). Mesothelioma compensation funds are available for victims of the cancer. Persons with the cancer are compensated in some countries but in the United States, Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013 was passed be the US House of representatives. The Act was sent to the US Senate for approval. If this Act is passed by the Senate successful, it means persons with the cancer will be entitled to some claims from their employers or former employers.
9). Mining of asbestos has been banned in most countries in the world. This is because of the health hazard it posses to the environment and specifically, the human race.
There are mesothelioma cancer awareness programs that are being carried out. This is purposely to draw people’s attention to the cancer.