Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Things you should know about the deadly cancer called Mesothelioma

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One of the readers of this blog, Eric Stevenson who is based in Florida would like to share a very important information that we should really take seriously.

Eric describe himself as "very passionate about workplace saftey and people's mental, physical health and how people can avoid environmental elements that can lead to chronic and terminal illness."

Below is the article he sent:

Families are a necessity of life. Each member of a family whether they realize it or not, is dependent on all of the others for love, support, and a sense of identity. Though some health issues are inevitable, protecting your family from long term health problems is not impossible. Avoiding toxins like asbestos can prevent unnecessary health risks and keep your family solidified and in good health.

Asbestos is a natural mineral used in the manufacturing of houses and buildings and is mostly found in drywall, insulation, appliances, car parts, and tile. Asbestos is also used to build schools, churches, and other publicly used buildings. When the mineral is undamaged and intact, it is relatively harmless. However, if it is disturbed, asbestos fibers are released into the air and can be swallowed or inhaled.

Family members who live or work in asbestos contaminated areas can bring home the poisonous fibers on their clothes, shoes, and hair, spreading the toxins to the rest of the family. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of a deadly cancer called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms do not appear for 20-50 years after asbestos is inhaled. Thus, many victims do not know that they have the cancer until it has spread to other organs. Since diagnosis is often delayed and the cancer already spread, treatment is difficult and mesothelioma life expectancy is low.

Recently, countries like Canada are responsible for increasing asbestos export to Asian nations, including the Philippines. The Jeffrey mine in Quebec, Canada is reopening and intends to ship 200,000 tons of the toxic material to various countries over the next 25 years. Though asbestos is banned in Canada, they are still allowed to sell the cheap material to others with full knowledge of its detrimental health effects.

To protect your family from mesothelioma, first be sure that your home or any buildings that you frequent do not contain asbestos. If you suspect asbestos exposure or if you notice symptoms of mesothelioma, see a doctor and request a cancer screening. Nothing is worth your family’s health. Keep them safe; watch for asbestos.

For those who wish to get more information about the current situation of cancer research in our country and would like to support the cause, you may visit the official website of the Philippine Cancer Society.

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