I want to keep a promise on today’s blog to help spread information about mesothelioma. I had no photo on file to support this topic, so please forgive the disconnect.
Mesothelioma is a result of having been exposed to asbestos. Buildings used to be full of the stuff. I taught in an older school and the building was full of it. Supposedly/hopefully it has all been removed and the school environment is now clean. It was dealt with years ago, but many of us who spent our entire careers in that building were constantly being exposed to an unhealthy environment. After they came in one summer and “removed” the asbestos, a reddish, grainy dust continued to settle over our classrooms and students’ desks for months.
The following information is from Wikipedia:
Mesothelioma (or, more precisely, malignant mesothelioma) is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. The most common anatomical site for mesothelioma is the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall, but it can also arise in the lining of the abdominal cavity, the sac that surrounds the heart or the sac that surrounds the testis.
Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked in jobs where they inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers, or were exposed to airborne asbestos dust and fibers in other ways. Washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos also creates a risk for developing mesothelioma.
Signs and symptoms of mesothelioma include shortness of breath due to fluid between the lung and the chest wall, chest wall pain and constitutional signs such as unexplained weight loss. The diagnosis may be suspected based on a chest x-ray and CT scan findings, but must be confirmed either by examining serous effusion cytology or with a biopsy (removing a sample of the suspicious tissue). Research about screening tests for the early detection of mesothelioma is ongoing.