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Mesothelioma: The cancer that shut down the mighty asbestos industry

Posted in: Health News
Jun 8, 2012 - 9:12:17 PM


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CT scan Mesothelioma
The asbestos industry, which was once a mighty one in Canada and which did more harm than good to both consumers and workers, was finally abandoned by the Canadian federal government in May 2012.

As a result of this sudden development Chrysotile Institute has been closed. Chrysotile is one of the fibers that make up asbestos.

One of the many reasons that lead to heavy criticism and health concerns was Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops from transformed cells originating in the mesothelioma, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body.

Scientists, researchers and doctors found that most people who developed mesothelioma in the past had worked in jobs where they inhaled asbestos, or were exposed to asbestos dust and fibers in other ways. It has also been suggested that washing clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos increases their risk for developing mesothelioma.

Symptoms or signs of mesothelioma may not appear until 20 to 50 years or even more after the exposure to asbestos.

Even with the many forms of treatment, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and sometimes even surgery, there is a poor prognosis that comes with the disease.  A method to screen for early detection of mesothelioma is constantly ongoing.

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