Mesothelioma From Asbestos Fibers
Miners, construction workers, and steel mill workers work hard in dangerous jobs. Some of the hazards they face are obvious. Others aren't, and small asbestos fibers that can float in the air and get stuck on clothing are one of these hidden dangers.
Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals used in a variety of industries beginning in the 1950s. It was later discovered that long-term exposure to asbestos can cause malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer. Tragically, a lot of people don't experience symptoms for 20 to 50 years, when the cancer is too advanced for treatment.
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Who is at Risk for Mesothelioma?
Anyone exposed to asbestos fibers over a long period of time can develop mesothelioma. Generally, workers in the following industries are more likely to have been exposed:
- Factory workers
- Insulation manufacturers
- Railroad workers
- Ship builders
- Gas mask manufacturers
- Construction workers
- Mill workers
Even if you lived with someone who worked with asbestos or in a house with materials made from asbestos, you may be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Some women have developed mesothelioma just from doing their husband's laundry.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer found near the lungs, heart, or abdomen and can spread quickly to other parts of the body. It's challenging to diagnose because it shares symptoms with other diseases. These symptoms include:
- Fluid in the lungs
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Weight loss
- Blood clots
Remember, mesothelioma symptoms don't usually appear until decades after long-term asbestos exposure.