Pittsburgh Asbestos And Mesothelioma Blog

Providing support to a loved one who is dying

When a doctor diagnosed your loved one with mesothelioma, the doctor no doubt explained that there is currently no cure for the disease. Many Pennsylvania mesothelioma victims describe feeling like the world had dropped out from underneath their feet upon hearing such words. As a caregiver for a terminally ill patient, you may also experience a roller coaster of emotions and may need your own support system as you do your best to provide for your loved one's needs. 

Pittsburgh is a town that is rich in industrial history. Sadly, that history is a significant component in many people's adverse health conditions, as well. Perhaps your loved one worked in a steel mill, shipyard or textile factory, then started to feel ill years later. This is often the case for those who suffer from mesothelioma; in fact, many victims have pursued litigation upon learning that their illnesses were preventable in the workplace. As part of your support system, you may want to speak with someone well versed in asbestos litigation laws.

New study could hurt plaintiffs with asbestos cases

Asbestos isn't just found in roofing or building materials. Did you know that some people have filed claims over asbestos found in baby powder? That's right, a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson claimed that the baby powder contained enough asbestos to cause people to fall ill after using it.

In a new report from Dec. 4, 2018, a study released undermines that claim, even though some experts supported it in the past. The new study looked at 2 million women and discovered that there was no discernible difference between rural and urban residents' rates of mesothelioma. People in rural areas were found to have mesothelioma rates that were higher than those in urban areas, which suggested that they were exposed to more asbestos despite being further from construction materials and the products containing the potentially dangerous mineral.

What should you eat while getting treatment for mesothelioma?

You need medical treatment from professionals who specialize in cancer treatment if you have mesothelioma. Do not assume that you can manage it with diet alone. This is a very serious medical condition and you may need surgery, chemotherapy and other such treatments. The following is not intended as an alternative treatment plan.

That said, getting this treatment can lead to weight loss. It can be very hard on your body. It can cause both anxiety and stress -- as will getting diagnosed with the disease in the first place. To help with these things, and to keep your body as strong as possible while you get treatment so that you can heal, you need to eat well. Some key components of your diet should include:

  • Fat: Remember, fat is energy. You can get it from healthy sources like seafood, nuts, olive oil and avocados.
  • Vegetables and fruit: You need vitamins and minerals, and fruits and vegetables are loaded with them. They also give you antioxidants. The brighter the color, the better.
  • Water: You know you need water, of course, but the reality is that you probably need to drink more than you think. Most people do. Try to get eight glasses every day, spread out evenly.
  • Protein: With proper protein levels, your body can heal and rebuild lost tissue. Make sure you eat things like peas, lentils, dairy foods, soy, dried beans, nuts, fish, chicken and other lean meats.

Asbestos: The supposed good and the definite bad about it

If you were a Pennsylvania product developer, you might think that a material that possesses properties to resist heat, chemicals and fire would be a good thing. If such material were also strong, durable and flexible, you might be utterly thrilled to consider its potential. The aforementioned attributes are all characteristics of asbestos. However, in the decades since companies routinely manufactured items that contained asbestos fibers, scientists, doctors and others have come to learn how dangerous, not good, it can be.  

It is a myth that products available for consumer purchase in the United States no longer contain asbestos. For instance, if you use talcum powder or potting soil, you might come into contact with the microscopic fibers that can cause incurable respiratory illnesses and cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency believes asbestos is so dangerous that it tried to have it banned in 1989. If you think you have suffered adverse health because of asbestos, it is important to know where to seek support

How to detect malignant mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is one of the most uncommon cancers patients can suffer from in Pittsburgh and across the country. Mesothelioma is most often caused by exposure to asbestos, which has been almost completely banned in various industries, including construction. The disease can show up years after your last known exposure to asbestos.

So, is there a method to detect malignant mesothelioma through early cancer screenings even if you don't exhibit any symptoms of the disease? Let's explore this topic in today's post.

How long does it take for asbestos to affect you?

Asbestos is a dangerous material that has the potential to make a person very ill. The interesting thing about it is that you could be exposed for a long time before knowing that you're going to be affected negatively.

Asbestos has the potential to cause chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and other issues many decades after exposure. For most people, it's at least a decade before there are any signs of illness. Many don't know for at least 20 years. Some find out 40 or 50 years later. Everyone reacts differently, and the amount of exposure also plays a role in illness.

Is your former career a key factor in your current ill-health?

Do often tell your kids or grand-kids stories about your years as a Pittsburgh pipefitter, railroad worker or coal miner? You may have worked for decades at the same Pennsylvania factory, shipyard or steel mill; in fact, you may have been one in a long line of family members to do the same. This city is known as a hub for blue collar workers.

Sadly, many retired workers have added other details to the tales they tell their families -- details that speak of ill-health and incurable disease. Throughout their careers, there was danger lurking in the workplace, danger their employers knew existed. However, greed and power took precedence over the safety and well-being of the worker. If your health is in decline and you believe it may be related to asbestos exposure, read on.

Are your symptoms related to asbestos injury?

Most Pennsylvania residents can attest to times in their lives when they just weren't feeling quite well but were unsure as to the underlying causes of their conditions. There is a difference, however, between suffering a brief episode of ill-health, such as an upset stomach from undercooked food, and becoming debilitated because of a chronic, terminal illness that may have been building up in your body for years without you knowing.

This is why it's always a good idea to seek medical examination if you are experiencing recurring or lasting adverse health symptoms of any kind. Especially if you worked in a factory, steel mill, shipyard or building built before 1978, you are at risk for asbestos injuries that often turn into incurable lung diseases, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis.

What happens to the lungs with mesothelioma?

If you are diagnosed with mesothelioma, one of the things you may understand is that the pleural tissues are impacted by the disease. If you're not familiar with the specific parts of the body, this might be confusing, but it's relatively easy to explain.

With malignant pleural mesothelioma, a type of cancer that can be caused by asbestos exposure, the pleura helps keep the lungs inflated. There are two linings of pleura, one called the visceral pleura and the other known as the parietal pleura.

What types of asbestos are the most dangerous?

There are several kinds of asbestos but not all of them cause disease. Exposure, and the method of exposure, must match up in a specific way for a person to get sick from asbestos.

There are six kinds of asbestos that belong to two mineral families: amphibole and serpentine. Amphibole asbestos includes:

  • Crocidolite
  • Tremolite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Amosite
  • Actinolite
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