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Asbestos-Based Disease-The Harmful Affects Of Asbestos

[date:2006-12-21] [zize:B M S]

What Is Asbestos-Based Disease?

Asbestos-based disease is caused by exposure to asbestos in environments, such as asbestos mills, shipping yards, mines, older navy ships and even homes. Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer and most common, asbestos-based disease. Nearly 70-80% of people suffering from this disease have a history of asbestos exposure. Asbestos cancer or mesothelioma is very difficult to diagnose due to the long gap between exposure to asbestos and the onset of the disease. Every year, doctors detect approximately 2000-3000 new cases of mesothelioma. Family members of workers are also vulnerable to the disease through exposure to asbestos particles from their clothing. Smokers are at a much greater risk of getting the disease.

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

The symptoms of this asbestos based disease include loss of weight, lasting cough, fatigue, dyspnea, and pleuritic pain. Some of the early symptoms may be overlooked, since they resemble with those of other common diseases. In most cases, the disease appears 30-45 years after the patient’s initial exposure to asbestos. The disease is more common in men but is not restricted to any sex, ethnic group or race.

Treatment Of Mesothelioma

The prediction is that asbestos fibers lodged in the body cause changes in the cells by a process of irritation, leading to mesothelioma. Once this cancer appears, it will continue to grow until it is treated, or the patient dies. The chances of recovery of a patient depend on the following factors:

 Age of the patient
 Response to the treatment
 How widespread the disease is
 Location of the disease
 Size of the cancer
 Microscopic examination

Asbestos is causative of almost all cases of mesothelioma. This is the most dangerous disease caused by exposure to asbestos. There are three traditional lines of treatment for fighting this disease:
 Radiation therapy
 Surgery
 Chemotherapy

If a person suspects that that he may have mesothelioma, he must see a competent doctor soon. Early diagnosis and treatment are very important for managing deadly asbestos-based diseases.

If you are suffering from asbestos based disease you can file lawsuits to recover compensation against the persons/companies responsible for asbestos exposure. Consult an expert mesothelioma attorney to weigh the different options for seeking compensation for medical treatment, loss of income, lost earning capacity, pain and sufferings.


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