By Cody Frank
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Flygyal received an email requesting us to write an article on Lung Cancer Awareness. Specifically on Mesothelioma. Have you heard of Mesothelioma? I did not before reading about it. Since it is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Flygyal has decided to bring you more information about this disease.
It is a disease that is hard to identify and not many people know about. A cancer that affects the thin membrane (mesothelium) that surrounds your body’s internal organs and cavities. Generally, the cause of this disease is from the exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural mineral that was known for it’s versatility. A mineral that has heat resistance, insulating properties, and tensile strength. It was used for home/commercial construction, fire-proof vests, in cement, and put in fabric as well. Asbestos that are inhaled can become stuck in the lining of the lungs which causes inflammation of the pleura (the space between the two lungs) and scar tissue formation.
photo via wku.edu
The main cause of this disease is exposure to asbestos whether inhaled first hand or second hand exposure. Unfortunately, asbestos are STILL NOT banned in the United States. Yet, it’s proven to be a hazard to all. Other contributions to this disease is smoking, radiation exposure, and carbon nanotubes. To avoid asbestos in your community, work place, and life: look at this link to discover exactly where they are.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that can be prevented. Start by educating yourself about asbestos and doing what you can do to bring awareness for yourself.
Thank you to Heather Von. St. James; this post wouldn’t have happened without her reach out.
Cover photo via network london bridge hospital.