Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. It is estimated that more than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, and the number of cases is expected to continue to rise. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the risk of developing mesothelioma, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and protect yourself and your family.
The first and most important step is to avoid any exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was widely used in construction until the late 1970s. It can still be found in older buildings and products, and exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma. If you work in an industry that uses or produces asbestos, wear protective clothing and follow all safety precautions. If you live in an older home, have it inspected for asbestos and have it removed by a professional if necessary.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past, it’s important to get regular medical checkups. Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, so it’s important to monitor your health and get regular screenings for the disease. It’s also important to avoid secondhand exposure to asbestos. If you live with someone who works with asbestos, make sure they shower and change out of their work clothes before coming home.
Finally, if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. Mesothelioma is a highly aggressive cancer, so the earlier it is treated, the better the chances of survival. Treatment options include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. In some cases, a combination of treatments may be used.
Mesothelioma is a serious and potentially deadly cancer, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk and protect yourself and your family. Avoiding exposure to asbestos is the best way to prevent mesothelioma, but if you have been exposed, it’s important to get regular medical checkups and seek treatment as soon as possible.