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Addressing Mesothelioma Asbestos, the main leading cause of the highly cancerous disease mesothelioma, has been of wide industrial use for thousands of years already because of its fire resistant quality that has made it quite ideal for designing and building durable materials. Unfortunately, the health risks of continued exposure to this fibrous mineral did not come into picture until the first few years after the year 1900, where an alarming number of lung illnesses and deaths occurred particularly in towns that conduct asbestos mining for long years already, a case which soon prompted postmortem examinations of afflicted patients that eventually revealed noticeable traces of the asbestos mineral in their lungs, while common diagnosis only pointed pulmonary fibrosis. With the continuous rise of closely similar cases of lung disease especially among those that have years of work history in industrial factories that utilize asbestos, more in depth studies were made and later confirmed that the inhalation of asbestos for a prolonged time is indeed the culprit. However, since this discovery was a little late, it also means there was already a massive number of exposures particularly in the industrial sector where millions of people have worked closely with asbestos, and only years after the discovery were governments able to take actions to finally stop further exposure, with most laws prohibiting its use, and programs developed to help those that have been affected over the years. Although the illnesses that were known to have been caused by continuous exposure to the mineral, were often only known collectively as asbestosis, the cancerous mesothelioma is perhaps the most known of all, and is also the most fatal as it affects the pulmonary system and can eventually spread to other vital organs. In the USA, the initiative of the government has spawned the much needed and free medical assistance and compensation to individuals that have been exposed to high levels of asbestos, while certain private groups and institutions also provide services in home and building inspections to detect asbestos levels, especially old structures built before the 1900s.
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Mesothelioma symptoms often include lung specific manifestations like generalized chest pain, wheezing, fatigue, anemia, difficulty breathing, blood in sputum or after coughing, loss of weight, and in severe cases, masses of tumors and pneumothorax. Today, however, we are quite fortunate to have advanced medical technology that has significantly improved survival and treatment of patients with mesothelioma as long as the patient seeks it early enough before it starts to spread.
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Many governments today have organized helplines for people afflicted with mesothelioma, which not only has made it easier to find support and treatment information, but can also direct patients in the right track when trying to seek for legal help, especially for medical compensation, a helpline that people with a history of exposure can call even before mesothelioma symptoms start to appear to increase their chances of being cured.