While there are many types of cancer that are more well known than Mesothelioma Cancer, there are not too many of them that are as deadly. Almost everybody has heard of breast, lung, or liver cancer, but how many have heard of this vicious killer that could be stopped dead in its tracks if there was only more publicity about this repugnant disease.
That is correct, you did read that right the first time; Mesothelioma Cancer can be prevented in almost 100% of the cases. You are probably thinking to yourself, just like the number of lung cancer patients would drastically drop if everybody stopped smoking. If that is what you were thinking, you would be wrong.
People that smoke choose to do it, despite being fully aware of the potential health risk that this habit could someday lead to. In addition, in some odd and unexplainable way, they also receive various benefits, or a sense of enjoyment from it.
The patients that have come down with Mesothelioma Cancer never accepted the risk of someday getting it by doing something that they knew was dangerous. In fact, the exact opposite is true, and if they had only known what they were doing could someday kill them, they would have never done it.
Most Mesothelioma Cancer patients at one time in their lives came in contact with a material called, “Asbestos”. If you are under thirty years of age, there is a very good chance you have never even heard the word before. But, for the people that are a bit older, it was a well known “State of the Art” type of substance.
It was heavily promoted and utilized to manufacture a great deal of products when it was first introduced because it was inexpensive to make, an brilliant insulator, and a outstanding fire retardant. Thankfully, today it is outlawed in most of the countries in the world.
However, just because it cannot be manufactured or used to make products anymore, does not mean it is still not all around us. Asbestos was widely used as a construction material to build apartments, warehouses, and even homes.
If you, a family member, or a friend either lives or works in an old building, there is a very good chance that asbestos is still present. In fact, if that structure was built at the height of its popularity, you can almost be positive that it is there. That is unless the building was totally renovated, and it was removed by a team of specialist.
If you are not sure if that was done to a building that you care about, you can contact your local building inspector, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and request that an inspection of the substance be done.
In most cases, there will not be any fees for these types of governmental services. In order to eradicate, or vastly reduce the number of patients that contract Mesothelioma Cancer, all old building should be inspected, and if asbestos is discovered, it needs to be removed immediately.