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Mesothelioma: A Precise History

Aug 17, 2007
Why did Mesothelioma take the shape of deadly cancer in the twentieth century? It can be traced from the ancient times during the Greek-Roman civilization that Mesothelioma had a connection with the mineral asbestos but during the Second World War the disease took a wilder shape.

Heavy use of asbestos

It has already been proved by the Medical Science that asbestos is the main cause of Mesothelioma cancer. But the question lies that how will asbestos contaminate your body cells and affect your lungs? The passage of asbestos fibers inside your body takes place through air. It can be anyone and everyone coming in contact with asbestos

Popularization of the use of asbestos in different construction industries during the World War II became the major reason for the rise of Mesothelioma cancer. Asbestos came to be known as the widely used mineral in automobile and building construction sectors. The wood became very expensive during that time and that is why a better substitute of wood became a prior need. Asbestos was found to be the most suitable alternative. The industries might not have speculated at that time that the use of asbestos would prove to be a menace.

Spread out of Mesothelioma

Asbestos use became dominant throughout the middle and the latter half of the twentieth century. After years of working in the asbestos industries, the workers underwent through some severe problems. Among them breathing ailment was very common. It was followed by severe chest pain. Running short of energy took a critical shape. Initially the doctors were unable to detect the right disorder. But after conducting a series of tests and above all biopsy report stated that it was a type of lung cancer and the affected area was the Mesothelium lining covering the lungs, heart and abdominal cavity. Thus it was named as the Mesothelioma cancer and was a life taking disease.

Those coming in contact with heavy layers of asbestos fibers in the form of airborne particles, the disease became a common attacker for them. It was also observed that not only the workers in the asbestos factory were victimized but those who came in contact with them was also being diseased.

Obviously many thought it to be communicative, but later this view was eradicated. It was confirmed that Mesothelioma spreads out through the medium of air. Now the child of the father who works in an asbestos company can be affected because the child comes in contact with asbestos dust through the clothes he wears and accessories he uses. And the risk of the spread out of the disease became ever more gruesome.

Around the 70's the Government took initiative to legally stop the use of asbestos in any form at the industrial and domestic level. But the problem is still in a vulnerable state even today.
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