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Mesothelioma Prevention




 One of the rarest and deadliest forms of cancer, malignant mesothelioma is very difficult to diagnose. Due to the non-specificity of symptoms, mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed in its early stages, which allows the cancer to worsen and spread. For these reasons, prevention is a vital and important issue.

The best way to prevent mesothelioma is avoidance of asbestos.  The only known cause of this rapacious cancer is exposure to asbestos, thus staying clear of the toxic substance greatly (if not completely) reduces risk of developing mesothelioma.  Avoiding asbestos can be a troubling task, as the chemical was widely used many industries until the 1980s.  In fact, most buildings built before the ’80s may contain considerable amounts of asbestos. 

            If you suspect a material in your home or workplace may contain asbestos, it is best to call an asbestos abatement contractor.  Licensed abatement contractors will then take a sample of the material and have it tested.  If the product does contain asbestos, do not remove the material yourself—this is best left to a professional, as removal can release asbestos fibers into the air.

In case you’ve already been exposed to asbestos, or suspect you may have been in the past, you are advised to closely monitor your health. Prudent monitoring of your health is vital to catching the disease in its early stages. Options for mesothelioma treatment and their effectiveness are elevated if the illness can be diagnosed in early stages. Make sure to have chest x-rays regularly, as well as pulmonary function tests. Also, if exposed to asbestos in the past, not smoking can greatly reduce your chances of developing mesothelioma.

For more information on the prevention of asbestos cancer, visit www.asbestos.com.




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