- Mesotheolima Asbestosis
- By:Daniel Kunle
''Mesotheolima asbestos'' is the generic name of a cancer disease called mesotheolima. Mesotheolima [otherwise spelt as mesothelioma] is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become malignant and abnormal. Mesotheolium is a sac-like membrane or lining that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing moving organs (such as the beating heart and the expanding and contracting lungs) to glide easily against adjacent structures.
It is from this that the disease get its name,the definition of the word mesothelioma is literally ''cancer of the mesothelium'' (-oma being a medical term for cancer).The mesothelium has different names, depending on its location in the body.
-The peritoneum is the mesothelial tissue that covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity.
-The pleura is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity.
-The pericardium covers and protects the heart.
-The tunica vaginalis testis is the mesothelial tissue surrounding the male internal reproductive organs.
-The tunica serosa uteri covers the internal reproductive organs in women.
The generic name "asbestos" belongs to a group of minerals called "asbestiform" minerals. Asbestos is a fibrous material which is mined from serpentine rock. Basically, rock is mined and crushed. When the rock is crushed, fibrous stands of asbestos are extracted from the rock. The strands are put in bags and shipped to manufacturing facilities where the asbestos are used as materials in insulation and other materials. The three most commonly used forms of asbestos in product manufacturing are chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed, and can cause serious health problems.
In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. A history of asbestos exposure at work is reported in about 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos.The risk of asbestos-related disease increases with heavier exposure to asbestos and longer exposure time. However, some individuals with only brief exposures have developed mesothelioma. On the other hand, not all workers who are heavily exposed develop asbestos-related diseases. Smoking does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma.
However, the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure significantly increases a person's risk of developing cancer of the air passageways in the lung. Mesothelioma is so difficult to diagnose early because the symptoms are often mistaken for those of other, less serious ailments.
To make matters worse, it often takes many years for the symptoms to show up after the asbestos exposure has taken place. It might take 30-50 years.
Here is a list of the most common Mesothelioma symptoms:
* Difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
* Persistent cough
*Change in your normal coughing pattern
* Coarse or raspy voice
* Unexplainable weight loss
* Difficulty in swallowing
* Chest or abdominal pain
* Coughing up blood
* Bowel obstruction
* Blood clotting abnormalities
Daniel is an internet business enterpreneur who specialises in fields that are related to humanities. He researches in this particular area to provide useful information on how to cope and live with mesothelioma plus the health hazards involved. You can visit http://www.mesotheliomalaunch.blogspot.com to check more of his works.