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Asbestos and Mesothelioma Facts

Updated on April 9, 2011
Blue Asbestos
Blue Asbestos

Types of Asbestos

In this article I have chosen a particularly commercial subject, however I wouldn't consider myself to be 'all about the internet' I am just here to write & make a profit like most people on here and I enjoy learning about new things, especially science which was a strong subject for me in school.

This hub is to be a concise list of facts, procedures and advice on Mesothelioma Asbestos related cancer and I feel I have a unique style of writing which is clear, illustrated and memorable for people to take a way, leaving them with a concrete mental image of the problems they are facing.

Mesothelioma Cancer begins within the linings of internal organs and 3/4 of cases originate around the chest area where it is often associated with Lung Diseases, people who have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos are usually most likely to contract the disease. Blue Asbestos being majorly related to cancer suffers became a concern in 1969 when a voluntary ban was initiated in household use, followed up by a complete ban in 1986. Asbestos is only dangerous if particles get broken down and disperse because they can be breathed in.

Tremolite - Source of Brown Asbestos
Tremolite - Source of Brown Asbestos
White Crysolite Asbestos
White Crysolite Asbestos

Asbestos Disposal

Anyone could be at risk of Asbestos poisoning if they decide to do DIY around an old house, drilling, cutting or sawing into materials which could have Asbestos present for lining of walls, ceilings or hard cement fibres. The fibres are sealed firmly and will only be released if they disturbed, weathering of Asbestos gutters, pipes and slates can also cause gradual fibre release but at such a slow rate that exposure is a low probability.

If you own your own property you are entitled to remove the Asbestos yourself as long as you follow correct procedures, this involves using professional respirator masks, thick gloves and overalls which will need to be thrown away afterwards. You can prevent fibres from the cement dispersing into the air by dampening it with a cloth first. Any bits which break off and are small enough to fit in a plastic bag should then be place within a second bag and sealed tightly, try to minimize breaking boards down and dispose of in large slabs.

You won't be able to throw it away with your regular waste, it has to be at a specialist site and rather than suggest specific locations I will point you in the direction of a good site to help. This includes:

http://www.arca.org.uk/

Sorry I was unable to find an American site because my Google keeps automatically directing me to the UK Google.

1st Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons

2nd Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons


Asbestos Removal

Here is a more detailed list of places Asbestos can be found:

  1. Ceiling Breakages, around steel structuring as a method of fire retardant.
  2. Thermal protection of pipes and boilers because it was a good heat insulator.
  3. Boards used for fire shields, portioning and fire ducts.
  4. Roof tiles and floor tiles.
  5. Fibre Cement, fully or semi compressed into corrugated or flat sheets. These are used in wall or roof cladding.

You have no immediate need for panicking unless your building was erected between 1950-80, it was no longer used after this period during construction.


Photo Courtesy of http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2223/2406196215_4ec68dc8aa.jpg

Forms of Mesothelioma

The first photo above shows an x-ray of a person who made Mesothelioma claims due to exposure at work of Asbestos. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and can often be mistaken with Lung Cancer or Sarcoma Tumour cells, scientists must take blood samples and now hope to distinguish a 'Tumour marker' which is a particular chemical released into the blood by the Mesothelioma cells.

At the moment tests are still in the early stages and scientists must rely on questioning the patient to whether they have been exposed to asbestos and it becomes more difficult if it is discovered that they are a smoker. After intially breathing the Asbestos particles it can take anywhere between 15-60 years before the disease can show signs of harming the persons health.

1st Photo Courtesy of http://www.onlinelegaltips.com/images/Mesothelioma-Lawsuit-.jpg
2nd Photo Courtesy of http://www.dirjournal.com/health-journal/images/meso-absestos.jpg


Mesothelioma Advice & Treatment

In the first photo above we can see exactly what a full blown Mesothelioma tumour would appear like if allowed to go untreated, usually if Mesothelioma cancer is caught in the early stages it can be confined and cancerous cells removed using chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy which uses high energy x-rays and can also shrink tumours.

Surgery can be used if the cancerous cells are localised, surgeons will remove the lining of the lungs or abdomen to prevent further spreading and this will more often than not help to skrink or even cause disappearance of the affected cells. Many other forms of treatment are becoming available in the form of drugs, gene therapy and laser removal but these are still in experimental stages.

If you have any concerns about coming into contact with Asbestos in your past, don't hesitate to get checked out, you may be blessed with gorgeous doctors and nurses like the above photo! sorry I had to through some humour in for some of my regular readers such as Will Plenty, a fellow hubpages member!

1st Photo Courtesy of Wiki Commons

2nd Photo Courtesy of 'The MesotheliomaTreatmentNetwork'

Asbestos Testing

If you have any Asbestos containing materials with a workplace or business property you must employ a contractor who has been licensed by the health and safety executive's, who has undergone Asbestos training for removal in the correct regulations.(for example see above photo).

Things you can do to help are as follows:

  1. Find out if there are any spots around the building, and give a description of what condition they are in.
  2. Keep informed about new locations that may have been discovered and keep an eye on the conditions because they do deteriorate over time.
  3. Try and give an estimate to the most likely to be a risk and prioritize which need attention first.
  4. Schedule when you are going to handle the risks, and when the contractors are going to deal with each location.
  5. Carry out the plan through execution.
  6. Distribute information to anyone who will be working in the surrounding area and the surrounding location.

That is the conclusion to my article regarding Mesothelioma and Asbestos Facts, I think I have covered all major conditions and ways to prevent causing damage to your health, I also think I have discussed the best steps to take if your are concerned that you might be at risk of developing the disease so all that is left to say is 'Good Luck and take care!'.

Photo 1 Courtesy of http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/2964912120_e98e8e4f79.jpg

Photo 2 Courtesy of http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3320/3225484511_3e7396e878.jpg

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