By Plius Phoe
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which has been loved for its pliability ever since the Greeks discovered it. It became very popular during the early 20th century because the fibers were fire resistant and did not conduct electricity. It was used in building materials as it prevented homes from burning as quickly in a fire. Of course, now that it has been found that it is toxic, it can no longer be used for that purpose.
People who lived or worked with anything that was made with it were susceptible to contracting some fatal diseases. One was a form of chest cancer called mesothelioma, other illnesses included asbestosis and pleural plaques
A common situation would be that of a family that lived in a home that it had been used as the roofing material. They would spend their day unknowingly breathing in, eating, touching and wearing dust particles of this toxic killer. Just rubbing their eyes would force the fibers under their skin. They were living a life that gave them a very good chance of getting cancer.
The fibers are extremely abrasive and once they get trapped in the lungs they cause scaring which in turn causes breathing problems. Another related disease is asbestosis, the name encompassing all breathing problems and other lung disorders. As time passes more and more breathing problems are becoming associated with this toxic material.
It has been known to be as long as 40 years after the event for mesothelioma to develop into a recognizable illness but once it has it works very quickly. Death could only be a few months away. It is very difficult for some people to comprehend that the disease that they are suffering from is due to how they lived and worked when they were much younger. This is why it is known as the silent killer.
As such, the professions where mesothelioma created havoc and incurred the heaviest toll were those involved in the building and engineering trades, and all others who had to be in close contact with it. Since people did not know about it, the diseases developed undetected for decades until one day they would be diagnosed with mesothelioma. That is not all, as their families also fell into the high risk bracket.
There is only one weapon we can use to fight this disease, and that is to generate a greater understanding of the problem. Anybody who has any idea that they may have come into contact with the fibers must be persuaded to go for regular tests with their doctor.
All you can do to safeguard your family until a cure is found is to endeavor to prevent any family member coming into contact with this toxic killer. The reason that you must always remain vigilant to the risks is that this cancer does not only affect those who come into direct contact with the material, it can also affect others indirectly by the fibers being passed on by skin contact or handling clothes that have the fibers on them.
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