The fight against cancer is a borderline situation that affects us all as a society. At some point in our lives, unfortunately, we have all suffered from some type of cancer, either because we suffered it or because one of our loved ones got sick. For this reason, it is very important that we have as much information as possible available about cancer in order to make the most convenient decisions in our daily lives, for ourselves and our loved ones. In this post we are going to review a type of cancer which, unfortunately, the public in general knows very little about: mesothelioma.
Below, we inform you about how this disease develops, what the symptoms are and what else we can do if we receive an unfavorable diagnosis.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma, a complex type of cancer, affects people who have been exposed to asbestos for a long time, a group of fibrous minerals of natural origin. This evil threatens Hispanic communities tremendously because many jobs that employ Hispanics involve exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is considered one of the main causes of this disease that can be deadly. We explain in detail the relationship between asbestos and mesothelioma in our article: Asbestos, the cause of mesothelioma and other diseases.
Who is exposed to asbestos?
These minerals, which are also known as asbestos, were used for decades, from the early 1940s to 1975, in different industries for the manufacture of products and construction because they are low cost and resistant to different materials. Therefore, many of us may have been exposed to asbestos in workplaces and at home without knowing it. A person can be affected by inhaling the tiny particles of asbestos. The affected can also put at risk the health of their own when they come into contact with them.
In other articles we explain better about how to detect asbestos at work and at home.
In the United States there are regulations and warnings about the handling of this toxic substance. However, asbestos is still present in different constructions and products because its use is not completely prohibited in the country. Many construction workers are still exposed to asbestos, for example.
What are the symptoms of this cancer?
One of the big problems is that this cancer works silently because the symptoms do not appear until many years later (up to 20 or 50 years) of having been exposed to asbestos. Some of the symptoms can be:
- Abdominal distention
- Abdominal pain
- Chest pain
- Respiratory difficulty
- What can we do
If you or any of your loved ones were exposed to asbestos or think you were, it is important that you visit a doctor immediately. A specialist can perform a chest x-ray and other check-ups to assess the condition of the lungs and other organs to determine if there is a health problem related to asbestos exposure.
Do not wait for symptoms to appear. Thanks to the early detection of diseases that are caused by asbestos, different medical treatment options could be accessed that would improve the quality of life of the affected person.
You are not alone, when the cancer is diagnosed, both the patient and the family face emotional and economic challenges. Faced with a disease like this, it is easy to feel alone, confused and very vulnerable. Fortunately, in the United States, there are several organizations dedicated to providing support to cancer victims.