Abdominal Mesothelioma And Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma. Before we discuss the so called peritoneal, or abdominal mesothelioma, in more detail, we should first shed some light on why asbestos was so popular in the past.

The story of asbestos is unfortunately a rather familiar one – a miraculous, all in one power substance,  is later on identified as a serious health hazard – with one significant exception. Unlike many other of those products, asbestos is not something that was just discovered yesterday. Its use goes way back in  history, and remarkably the recognition of potential health dangers associated with this material, is recorded in writings from the first century.
Asbestos was used for a long time in a variety of products. This was primarily due to the fact that it was relatively easy to access and manufacture. Typical asbestos containing materials include, asbestos floor tiles, pipe insulation, ceiling tiles, house siding and roof shingles. To this day and age many homes and public buildings in the USA might still have asbestos containing materials.

Abdominal mesothelioma is only one – and a rather rare – form of this malignant disease. For the diagnosis, one or more physical exams will be done on the patient in a first step. Subsequent to that, the doctors usually order CAT-Scans, PET-Scans and x-rays. But nonetheless, a biopsy is the only reliable way to conclusively diagnose abdominal mesothelioma. Via this procedure, a small sample of the affected tissue is being taken from the tumor site and send into a lab for examination.
Abdominal mesothelioma actually is peritoneal mesothelioma, which is the more medically appropriate expression, even though both mean the exact same. Peritoneal refers to the peritoneum, the inner lining of the abdominal cavity that embeds several organs. The majority of individuals diagnosed with this disease are males at the age of 50-70. Only 20% or even less account for women.

Many people contracted mesothelioma at their working place. Electrical workers, including telephone linemen, electrical linemen and general electricians, came in frequent contact with asbestos insulation used in electrical products. U.S. Navy staff, Coast Guard personnel, shipyard workers, merchant mariners and longshoremen worked with asbestos or lived in areas where they got exposed to it. Wrecking crews as well as demolition workers, were at a high health risk on their jobs while destroying buildings that had used asbestos.

Workers employed by textile mills were in constant contact with asbestos during the process of weaving it into the cloths. The automobile industry, including manufacturers of brakes and clutches, mechanics and brake repairers, used asbestos products on brake linings and pads. Employees in cement plants, manufacturers of building supply products, building engineers and construction workers, all worked with or on asbestos products, and where therefore highly susceptible to contract peritoneal mesothelioma.

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