Exposure to asbestos has proven to lead to many deadly diseases, the most common of which has been mesothelioma

, or mesothelioma asbestos. Asbestos exposure als o has history with several non-cancerous respiratory diseases like such as asbe stosis. Asbestos has been used for protection from heat, fire, and as insulation for ove r two thousand years. It has been mined and used in manufacturing of goods and products since the late 1800's. Up until the 1960s the use and exposure of work ers, their families, and local communities to asbestos went pretty much unchecke d by any safety regulations. As exposure to asbestos increased, the cases of lu ng cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis proportionately increased, impacting the lives of thousands of unknowing workers and family members primarily in the indu strialized areas of the U.S., UK and Australia. Asbestos fibers are used in industry because of their durability, resistance to heat and tensile strength. Asbestos has been used in building insulation in our public buildings and schools for generations. In our homes, appliances, and eve n clothing. The very reason that makes asbestos such a useful construction compo nent and fire retardant however is the same characteristic that becomes humanly lethal. Asbestos fibers are very fine and tiny filaments that are so small that they can bypass the filtering systems in the human lungs. The inhalation of asb estos fibers in the dust is the primary cause of mesothelioma asbestos cancer. T hese fibers reach to the most sensitive parts of the lungs and get embedded with in the lung tissue where they can lay dormant for as long as 50 years! As these fibers increase in numbers, or those already in the body can become an irritant to the lung tissue and slowly damage the lungs, heart or stomach protective tis sue. Such conditions gone diagnosed can lead to mesothelioma, pleural mesothelio ma or asbestosis. Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common type of Mesothelioma asbestos cancer. It has affected thousands of laborers in shipyards during World War II. High heat piping used in ship building and heating boilers all were insulated with the ins tallation of asbestos. Miners working asbestos mines, their families and those communities close to those mines were all exposed to the harmful dust and filame nts of asbestos. Construction and building workers were exposed to asbestos as they insulated buildings, manufacturing used asbestos in heating units, toaster s, clothes driers, gloves; automotive repair mechanics were exposed by the dust from vehicle brake pads and muffler repairs. As these people grew older , and their bodies became less and less resilient to the irritation of the asbestos fi bers in their bodies; more and more cases of mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleura l mesothelioma began to appear. Mesothelioma attacks the pleural lining in and around the lungs; it can also dam age the peritoneum tissues which surrounds the stomach and the intestinal tract. The protective sac of tissue surrounding the heart; the pericardium is also in harm's way of the ravages of asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma is generally classified and named by the location in which it is f ound: Pleural mesothelioma - which encompasses 75% of all cases Peritoneal mesothelioma - 10%â 20% of mesothelioma diagnosises Pericardial mesothelioma - the rarest, with 5% cases. Mesothelioma may also be classified by cancer type, other than location of the c ancer: Epithelioid is most common cancer and has the best survival rate. Sarcomatoid is the most severe yet very rare. Mixed/biphasic is basically a mixture of Epithelioid cancer and Sarcomatoid canc er The symptoms of mesothelioma cancer vary according to location of the cancer. It may show a combination of symptoms as well. Pleura, affecting tumors, show symp toms as -wheezing, cough, and/or hoarseness , bloody sputum, anemia, fatigue, s

hortness of breath , pleural fusion (fluid surrounding the lung) and chest wall pain, or pain under the rib cage. Mesothelioma of the stomach or intestines often doesn't show many symptoms until it reaches the latter stages, they include- mass in the abdomen, weight loss, a bdominal pain and/or swelling, Ascites, bowel problems. There has been exhaustive research for an effective treatment of mesothelioma, u nfortunately none has yet to be found. Only treatment attempts to hamper growth of cancer cells is available and include: 1.Surgery to remove all the affected tissues in the body. 2.Radiation therapy targeted to kill the mesothelioma cells in the body. 3.Chemotherapy uses drugs, injections to kill the growth of the cancer cells. In an attempt to deal with the alarming trend of mesothelioma cancer cases in re cent years, several international organizations and government agencies have lau nched mesothelioma and asbestosis awareness programs, asbestos cancer resource g uides, and literature to educate people about the lethal catastrophic effects of this disease. Information for cancer patients and their families to educate the mselves how to take care of themselves, reduce risks and early warning signs for early diagnosis. Adam Bradley is a book publisher. While doing research on asbestos; http://asbes toscancerresources.com/mesothelioma-asbestos-exposure; he was shocked by the amo unt of poor information. His research team compiled a directory of agencies, med ical centers and groups that provide real help to the victims and families. He o ffers a free 15 part Mini-Course to help as many as possible: http://asbestoscan cerresources.com