Mesothelioma is one of the most tragic diseases ever to strike the working man. Due to decades of manipulation, denial, cover-ups, and outright falsehoods by the asbestos industry, thousands of people and their families across the country have had to face the tragedy and heartbreak of mesothelioma.
Asbestos is a fibrous, naturally occurring mineral that has been used for millennia as insulation and fire protection, but it was noted in ancient times that the slaves and workers forced to deal with it usually lived much shorter lives and died of respiratory diseases. 2000 years later, the asbestos industry mechanized the ability to produce this deadly material on a wide scale, and millions of American homes, schools, churches, and offices were filled with this dangerous and deadly material.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelium, the lining that covers major organs that secretes mucous that allows them to move and function. After people inhale or ingest microscopic yet jagged asbestos fibers, these fibers pierce through the lungs, stomach/intestines, or heart and begin to develop tumors. These tumors take decades to develop, which means by the time they have any symptoms it is too late to treat the disease. Once the mesothelium becomes cancerous, it is usually too late to save the organs it affects, and thus most people die within one and five years after mesothelioma is discovered.
Part of the tragedy of mesothelioma is that the asbestos companies allegedly covered up the dangers of their product, intentionally deceiving their employees because they did not want to expose themselves to public rebuke and governmental investigation.
The affects of this nationwide exposure to asbestos are now being felt in the people that must cope with a terminal mesothelioma diagnosis. Unfortunately asbestos was not only used in homes and other structures, but other asbestos-containing products include:
o Bendix brake pads
o Raymark brake pads
o Floor tiles
o Clutch plates
o Fire doors
Mesothelioma, and its related disease asbestosis, are terminal diseases. There are no cures for the disease, and doctors can only help ease the pain and suffering of people that must endure this disease. Current cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation have had limited effect with mesothelioma, but new avenues of therapy include:
The fact about mesothelioma is that it is one of the deadliest occupational diseases in the United States. Although there are a number of mesothelioma support groups and clinical trials, a cure is out of current medical reach.
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