Asbestos Related Illness Info

Mesothelioma -The Latency Period

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Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma can affect your heart, lungs, and stomach cavity. It causes excess fluid buildup and eventually death. More and more cases of this disease are happening now than ever before. If there are laws protecting people from asbestos exposure, why are there more cases? Asbestos exposure doesn’t show symptoms right away; sometimes it takes decades. The influx of cases are from people exposed between 20 to 50 years ago. It doesn’t make sense, but it is called a latency period.

What is a latency period?

A latency period is a time between exposure to a toxin and the development of the disease. In the case of mesothelioma, it has an incredibly long latency period. Mesothelioma is known for its long time between exposure and diagnosis. On average, the latency period for mesothelioma is between 20 and 50 years. This means after exposure to asbestos, it can take at least twenty years to show up. The latency period usually depends on the length of exposure and the intensity. This is why so many cases of mesothelioma are now coming out. People in their 60s and 70s are now being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Most worked in construction or other jobs that used asbestos fibers.

What are the Symptoms?

Mesothelioma symptoms usually start out as a cough and difficulty breathing. The symptoms may start before the cancer is detected. Severe respiratory problems and illnesses such as asbestosis develop into mesothelioma. Symptoms then become worse and more problems arise. Over time the symptoms can become debilitating. Swelling, fatigue, trouble breathing, and weight loss are just some of the symptoms that accompany this serious illness.

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, it is crucial that you are checked by a doctor on a regular basis. Early detection can lead to a longer and healthier life.

Asbestosis – What is it?

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Asbestosis is a disease of the lung that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. The disease is chronic and can cause severe scarring of the lung tissue, leading to shortness of breath. The main cause of asbestosis is high levels of exposure to airborne fibers. The fibers irritate and scar the lung tissue, causing the lungs not to function properly. Asbestos Abatement Services has information on the symptoms and treatment options. If you believe you have asbestos in your home, it is important that you contact an asbestos professional today. They will be able to test your home and remove any asbestos that you may have.

What are the Symptoms of Asbestosis?

The symptoms can range from mild to severe. Many people assume they have allergies until the symptoms worsen. Symptoms appear anywhere from 10 to 50 years after the initial exposure to asbestos. The main symptoms include:

  • Persistent, Dry Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Chest Paint and Tightness
  • Club Fingers and Toes
  • Weight Loss
  • Watery Eyes
  • Severe Allergy Symptoms

How is Asbestosis Diagnosed?

Asbestosis is diagnosed through a series of testing and health history. Asbestosis is usually found through chest x-rays, CT scans, and pulmonary function tests. These tests are all completed before a diagnosis is made. If found, your doctor will work with you on a plan to treat your asbestosis. There is no way to cure asbestosis, but there are ways to manage it, letting you live your life as normal as possible.

What Are the Treatment Options?

Treatment for asbestosis will differ with each case. However, there are several treatment options such as therapy, surgery, and medications. Your doctor will discuss with you the right plan of treatment for you. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, you should see a doctor immediately. They will be able to help you with your symptoms and determine if you do have any asbestos-related illnesses.

Asbestos Removal- The Truth

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Asbestos is all over the media, but what is the truth when it comes to asbestos removal? Do I need to remove it from my home under every circumstance? How do I even know if I have it? Should I be concerned? These questions go through the general public’s heads each day. We receive calls every day about the above issues. The truth is each situation and answer are different. Asbestos Abatement Services has broken down the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions so you can better understand what this material is and why it should be removed from your home.

  • What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that has been and still is used in certain construction materials. It is very hazardous to one’s health and cannot only cause respiratory problems, but also it can cause cancer and death.

  • How do I Know if I have Asbestos in my Home?

The only way to know for sure is through asbestos testing. A certified asbestos professional completes these tests. There are different types of tests, but a certified asbestos removal company must complete all. Asbestos is too small to be seen and is usually mixed with other materials.

  • How is Asbestos Removed from my Home?

A professional company, such as Asbestos Abatement Services, should only complete asbestos removal. Asbestos exposure is highly dangerous. A certified asbestos professional will have the proper equipment, suits, and licensing to remove and dispose of the asbestos safely.

  • Will I be able to Stay in my Home during the Process? 

While asbestos is being removed, you will need to find other accommodations. The asbestos fibers can easily travel from one room to the next, causing exposure. Once the asbestos has been removed from the home, and it has been cleared, you may re-enter.

Mesothelioma – Patient and Deadly

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Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that can cause severe illnesses. Some of those illnesses come in the form of severe allergies and even cancer. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is only caused by the exposure to asbestos. What can you do to protect yourself? How do you find out if you have mesothelioma? Have you been exposed to asbestos? How can you ensure your home is safe? Asbestos Abatement Services has the answers to your questions. Below we will discuss mesothelioma, asbestos testing, and asbestos removal.

What is Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen, lungs, or heart. Mesothelioma does not have a cure and is caused by exposure to asbestos. The symptoms of mesothelioma can begin anywhere from 20 to 50 years after exposure. Mesothelioma can mimic other diseases; this makes it harder to diagnose. Doctors must run a battery of tests to determine if mesothelioma is present. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Trouble Breathing 
  • Chest Pain
  • Fluid Buildup
  • Anemia 
  • Loss of Weight
  • Nausea
  • Lingering Allergy Symptoms

If you have any of the above symptoms that last longer than a season, see your doctor immediately.

How Can I Protect Myself?

The best way to protect yourself is to ensure you are not exposed to asbestos. Asbestos could be in your home, in plain sight, and you would never know. Therefore, it is important to have testing completed. Only certified professionals should complete asbestos home testing. Asbestos testing is the only way to determine if your home contains asbestos. If your home does contain asbestos, your asbestos removal company will be able to remove it safely. For the protection of you and your loved ones, contact a professional asbestos removal company. They will provide you with the peace of mind that your home is safe and free from asbestos.

Asbestos – The Silent Killer

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Asbestos is known to be a silent killer. It is not seen without proper testing. It doesn’t make you sick right after exposure, but when it activates, it wreaks havoc on your body. Asbestos is a natural occurring fiber that was used in construction materials because of its many benefits. Some benefits of asbestos are:

  • Fire Retardant
  • Fire-Resistant
  • Durable
  • Longevity
  • Affordable
  • Easily Mixed

While these benefits were perfect for the construction industry, it was later found that asbestos wasn’t safe. Unfortunately, asbestos fibers were highly dangerous and once exposed, it was impossible to figure out when the symptoms would start. Asbestos has been known to lie dormant in the body for as long as 70 years. People exposed 70 years ago are now suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

Asbestos-related illnesses are very severe and eventually end in death for most. Mesothelioma and/or lung cancer is hard to treat when caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestosis has an increased risk of turning into cancer as the illness progresses. With the severity of the illnesses, there is no wonder that there is a panic about asbestos.

People now know what causes the symptoms and lawmakers have gotten involved with asbestos regulation. However, people have been exposed for years including today. People were exposed when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, and many now have illnesses from asbestos.  Many homes and businesses still contain asbestos fibers in the construction materials. The only way to find out is through asbestos testing. Testing is important if you own a home or business. It is also important if you are renting. A simple test will give you peace of mind, knowing your family is safe for asbestos exposure. If your home or business does have asbestos, a certified asbestos abatement company will work with you to remove the asbestos safely and ensure your home is 100% free from asbestos.

Asbestos Exposure and Lung Cancer

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Asbestos exposure is one of the main causes of lung cancer, especially mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is hard to treat and symptoms can become severe and result in death. Asbestos-related lung cancer usually started in the lining of the bronchi, which divides into the windpipe and trachea. Lung cancer caused by asbestos usually develops at a slow pace, however, once it occurs, it grows at an alarming rate, moving into different areas of the body.

The early stages of asbestos lung cancer are usually asymptomatic. It is usually found by chance through imaging tests or other diagnostic systems. Once cancer reaches stage IV, patients develop symptoms such as persistent coughing, pain the chest or lung area, shortness of breath, and blood in sputum. Once cancer has spread or metastasized to other areas, it becomes increasingly harder to treat. Lung cancer is classified in two groups: small cell and non-small cell. Small cell lung cancer spread more rapidly than non-small cell cancer and accounts for only 20% of cases. Small cell lung cancer spreads to other areas easily.  Non-small cell cancer accounts for the other 80% and is slower growing.

If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, contact your doctor immediately. Asbestos can remain dormant in your body for many years before turning into cancer. Your doctor can run certain tests and check for cancer or any other problems associated with asbestos exposure. If you already have symptoms such as:

  • Persistent Coughing 
  • Crackling When Breathing
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Allergy Symptoms Year Round
  • Pain in Chest
  • Swelling

See a doctor as soon as possible. It is also important to have your home checked for asbestos, as this could be where the exposure originated. A simple test completed on your home can determine if you have asbestos and if so, the best method of removal.

Asbestos Use Through the Years

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Asbestos became well known in the 70s. However, asbestos was used decades before this. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that was used as early as 3000 BC. Surprisingly, asbestos was found to be dangerous early on. Even so, the United States used asbestos in many industries. From home construction to industrial buildings, asbestos was used in most materials. Today, we know the dangers of asbestos and continue to find it in homes, businesses, and even newer materials. Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and severe respiratory disorders. Many do not know they were exposed, as asbestos lies dormant for decades before it wreaks havoc on the body.

Some of the first to use asbestos fibers were Egyptians, Persians, and Romans. It was mainly used in clothing, insulation, and pottery. In 50 AD, the fiber was named asbestos by a Roman scholar. Asbestos illnesses were first seen in slaves that worked around the substance. By 1828 AD the United States patented asbestos and began using it in construction. In 1906 AD the first asbestos related illness was mentioned in medical literature.  Asbestos-related illnesses were revealed in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 1964 AD. Finally, in 1979, the EPA announces asbestos is a carcinogen and begins to ban its use in all substances.

Asbestos has caused illnesses for decades, and it is still being used in products. If you have any lasting respiratory symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately! Asbestos exposure can lead to many severe illnesses. It is important to have an asbestos test completed on your home or business to prevent further contamination. Even newer homes should be tested, as asbestos is still seen in newer materials. Protect your family with a simple test! For more information check out our other blogs, or give us a call to setup an asbestos test.

Asbestos Illnesses Besides Mesothelioma

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When discussing asbestos, the main ailment that comes to mind is mesothelioma. We see it on commercials, in papers, and even on social media. Asbestos exposure causes mesothelioma. We know how dangerous cancer is, but what other illnesses are caused by asbestos exposure? Mesothelioma may be the worst, but asbestos causes a plethora of other illnesses. Below Asbestos Abatement Services will discuss these illnesses and what you should do if you have any symptoms.

Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques show little to no symptoms and are the most common illness caused by asbestos exposure. Pleural plaques are not cancerous and but causes fibrous thickening of the lungs. This usually happens around 30 years after exposure. Pleural plaques can cause respiratory issues and possibly lead to more serious illnesses.

Benign Asbestos Pleural Effusions

Pleural Effusions are caused by fluid buildup in the visceral and parietal pleura. This usually happens within ten years of exposure. If left untreated, it may turn into diffuse pleural thickening

Diffuse Pleural Thickening 

Diffuse pleural thickening is when the visceral pleura thickens and restricts lung use. It also limits lung capacity. This illness happens decades after exposure and can cause many respiratory problems. Trouble breathing is one of the most common effects of diffuse pleural thickening.

All the above illnesses usually cause the following problems:

  • Respiratory Problems
  • Tightening of Chest
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Cough
  • Swelling

However, sometimes there are no real symptoms. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, it is crucial that you consult a doctor.

These asbestos related illnesses are not as severe as mesothelioma, but they can wreak havoc on your body. If you have trouble breathing or have a persistent cough, see a doctor immediately. A doctor can treat the symptoms and watch for any other asbestos related illnesses. The above can turn into a more serious illness, such as mesothelioma. By staying on top of your health, you can work to prevent further problems from developing.

Women and Asbestos Exposure

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When discussing asbestos, we normally talk about men and mesothelioma or other asbestos related problems. The main reason is that men were more likely to be in constant contact with asbestos through blue-collar jobs. These jobs included construction, insulators, and even firefighters. However, there are women who also have mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. The trend of women having more asbestos related illnesses has risen over the years. Women being exposed to asbestos comes from different scenarios.

Asbestos transfers easily from one place to the next. If floats easily through air, clothing, and even skin. Men who had jobs where asbestos was used, normally brought the fibers home on their clothing and skin. Women and children were exposed daily to small amounts of asbestos fibers from family. Women and children would hug their loved ones or do laundry, and become exposed. Sadly, asbestos-related illnesses can take decades to show up. Once you are exposed, asbestos doesn’t disappear. It stays in your system. Years after being exposed, women began to have lung and respiratory issues. They also were diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by asbestos fibers. Many were confused as to why women were getting illnesses from asbestos. After further research, it was found how dangerous asbestos fibers were. It was also seen how easily asbestos could transfer from one person to the next.

If you lived or were in contact with a worker who likely was exposed to asbestos, you should be checked out by a doctor immediately. Even if you do not have symptoms, you should be checked! Asbestos could be doing damage to your body without you knowing. Asbestos is known as a silent killer, mainly because you cannot see it and it takes over your body without any symptoms. A doctor will be able to start treatment quickly if you have been exposed and hopefully, save you from years of miserable respiratory problems.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses and How to Keep Healthy This Winter

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If you have an asbestos related illness, it is harder for you to stay healthy. Asbestos Abatement Services cares about you and wants you to stay as healthy as possible. Therefore, we have created a list of things you can do to keep yourself from getting sick this winter. Winter breeds illnesses, but for those with asbestos-related illnesses, being sick could be life threatening. Let us help you stay safe this winter!

  • Bundle Up

One of the best ways to keep healthy is by layering your clothes. By getting too cold, you are compromising your lungs and general health. Keep warm when you go outside by putting on a hat, gloves, and a scarf. If you are going to be outside for a while doing an activity, bring a blanket along.

  • Keep Your Lungs Safe

Asbestos related illnesses usually deal with the lungs. It is important to protect your lungs this winter. By breathing through your nose, you allow warmer air to enter your lungs. A cold blast of air could shock your lungs. Use a hood or scarf to protect your mouth and nose. Make sure you get a flu and pneumonia shot to protect you from serious illness. If you feel sick, see your doctor immediately, don’t hold off, hoping it will get better.

  • Keep your Heat On

Having your home’s temperature set at a regular warm temperature is important. If your home is too cold, it can cause your lungs to become inflamed. Make sure you dress warm and keep your home warm. If you get hot at night, turn it down, but don’t go below 66 degrees. You should also dress warmly when sleeping.

  • Be Active

Being active makes you healthier over all. Simple exercising in your home or short walks outside can do your immune system wonders. If you have a serious lung condition, don’t overdo it. A walk around your home could do wonders for your well-being.

  • Wash Your Hands Regularly

Always wash your hands. Germs are contacted most through touch. If you are out in public, wash your hands often and carry anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. This simple gesture could keep you from getting sick this winter.