Asbestos is a set of 6 naturally occurring hydrated silicate minerals. The mineral is used by manufacturers and builders because of its desirable physical properties, Like : sound absorption, average tensile strength, fire resistant, heat, electrical and chemical damage, and affordability. It is used in the applications of electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. When asbestos is used for heat resistance, the fibers are mixed with cement or knitted fabric or mats.
The lengthen inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis)therefore the Use and Trade of asbestos have been restricted or banned in many countries.
How Asbestos Causes Lung Cancer?
If products such as appliance components automotive products, ceilings products, Chimney flue lining Ducts containing asbestos are fragmented then, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Further accumulation of this fiber in the lungs can cause scarring and inflammation, which leads to breathing problem. Asbestos has been classified as a substance that causes cancer (carcinogen) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Long exposure to Asbestos can also lead an inflammatory condition affecting the lungs that can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and permanent lung damage and other nonmalignant lung and pleural disorders.
According to latest research, people with pleural disease caused by exposure to asbestos may be at increased risk for lung cancer
To Whom Can Asbestos Related Diseases Can Engulf?
Health hazards from asbestos fibers have been more found in workers exposed in the shipbuilding trades, manufacturing of asbestos textiles, asbestos mining and milling and other asbestos products, insulation work in the building trades, construction and and a variety of other trades than others who do not indulge in such practices. Demolition workers, drywall removers, asbestos removal workers, firefighters, and automobile workers than others who do not indulge in such practices.
Statistics and Facts about Asbestos Lung Cancer:
The mineral is majorly used in US. United States 4,800 people are affected each year and in New York, about 13,500 cases of asbestos lung cancer are diagnosed every year. Mesothelioma is the second-most diagnosed cancer caused by asbestos. It affects about 3,500 people in the U.S. each year. Two other cancers confirmed to be caused by asbestos include ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer.
Treatment of the Cancer:
Try to keep your face especially mouth covered while handling asbestos or tools having it. There is no treatment of the lung diseases caused by Asbestos but treatment may help in relieve the symptoms and delay the complications.
- Quit smoking
- Oxygen therapy will help you to take breath.
- chemotherapy, radiation therapy,
- And/or targeted therapy. It uses medicines or other substances to find and attack specific lung cancer cells without harming normal cells.