National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Join us in honoring Mesothelioma Awareness Day – read about what is Mesothelioma, symptoms, and how to avoid asbestos-related mesothelioma.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a malignant cancerous tumor that forms in the membrane lining of the lungs, heart, or abdomen. Asbestos fibers can easily travel down to the mesothelium, where the disease can damage the DNA in cells and cause tumors to develop several years after exposure to toxic substances.

The Harmful Risks of Asbestos Exposure

Before the negative effects of asbestos were known, it was once widely used in domestic, industrial, and commercial products, such as:

 
  • Piping
  • Insulation
  • Drywall
  • Concrete
  • Adhesives
  • Flooring
  • Roofing
 

However, with symptoms usually not showing until decades later when a person is of age and more vulnerable, the average life expectancy of those diagnosed with mesothelioma is 12 to 21 months. Additionally, the American Cancer Society concluded that about 80% of mesothelioma patients have been exposed to asbestos and about 3,000 new cases of the disease are diagnosed every year.

Why You Should Be Concerned?

Those who used or manufactured asbestos-containing products were the most susceptible to exposure, although workers’ family members as well as communities who faced environmental exposure from mining or processing were also prone to inhaling asbestos fibers. Unlike other asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis (that require longer-term exposures), there does not appear to be as much of a dose-response relationship between exposure and onset of mesothelioma.

Common symptoms of mesothelioma include:

  • Shortness of breath and chest pain caused either by cancer itself or from the buildup of fluid within the two pleural layers of the lungs
  • Swelling and abdominal pain resulting from fluid buildup due to mesothelioma in the abdominal lining
  • Cough, fatigue, muscle weakness, and unexpected weight loss are also possible symptoms of the disease.

Precautionary Measures for Asbestos

Because of its toxic nature, asbestos should be surveyed by licensed professionals who are equipped with the proper protective gear and trained to assess levels of asbestos in your environment. Luckily, our proficient experts at RPF Environmental can provide helpful services such as asbestos assessment, air, water, and surface dust testing and analysis, as well as remediation design, bid, and contract administration.

Call us at (888) 293-0619 to talk to a certified asbestos inspector today and help keep you and your occupants safe from the dangers of asbestos and other hazardous substances.

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