Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hope for Mesothelioma: There IS Hope

mesothelioma.jpgThere are countless commercials on daytime tv, encouraging you to find a lawyer to sue if you have Mesothelioma due to on the jobs asbestos exposure. I used to click the button and turn on something else, thinking it sounded like some really rare condition or something that could be avoided. Don't people wear special gear when dealing with asbestos?

Sadly, that is not always the case. In fact, when people work in older, they may not be aware that there is a problem with asbestos. I remember working in a theater once, and myself and my coworkers were not there to handle construction or asbestos. We found out the hard way when one day, some of material from the ceiling tile covered the stage like snow when things were being renovated. The theater was closed for a whole year to remove the asbestos that was in the duct work and in the soundproofing. Untouched, it was not a hazard, but once things started to break down, it was highly dangerous to inhale or touch. I also knew someone who decided to remove asbestos by themselves, and is no longer with us. He passed away with his adventure as a big contributor. He received a mesothelioma cancer diagnosis way too late.

What items have asbestos in it? Among the culprits are: Home insulation installed in the 1930s-1950s, soundproofing materials, asbestos shingles and ceiling tiles, old duct work. There are more, but these are the most common.

Mesothelioma is most common to people in construction or ship building. While it poses not as big a threat now if you are working with newer materials, in decades past, manufacturers knew about the dangers long before the public did. Until asbestos is eradicated in every structure where someone may accidentally disturb it, it is something to be cautious about.

Thankfully, there are survivors and there is hope. Sites like Survivingmesothelioma.com have resources available for those diagnosed and those that support them. Don't feel alone, check it out today. Surviving Mesothelioma is possible.


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