When your body has been exposed to the asbestos environment for a considerable period of time, then you can be sure that your body will present at a certain point of your life a condition called mesothelioma. This one can manifest in many types with the rarest one being the epithelial mesothelioma. This one is not a catchy disease, and as such can not be passed from one person to another.
Unlike lung cancer, in the case of epithelial mesothelioma there is no relationship between the disease and smoking. However, it is a known fact that Kent brand of cigarettes used this material – asbestos – for the first years of producing the cigarettes in the 50s, and as such, some cases of mesothelioma have resulted out of this.
Epithelial mesothelioma is known to occur more in men than women and three out of four cases of patients suffering from mesothelioma are more than 65 years old. Many people who have dealt with asbestos in their field of work have inhaled the particles of the asbestos material or they used to be exposed to this malefic presence in another way.
Workers dealing with asbestos insulation have been found to suffer from this condition more than the general population. Though this is not a contagious disease, it has been proven that family members develop a higher risk of being infected with the disease and others identical with this one, such as asbestosis (chronic lung pain), lung cancer, and other sorts of cancers – kidney or larynx.
This risk is considered to appear due to the fact that the damaging particles of asbestos are caught up in the clothes and hair of the single person in the house dealing with this material in the working field. It is then inhaled by other members of the household.
Epithelial mesothelioma is considered a pretty rare disease although lately (in the past 20 years) increased rates of this form of cancer have been recorded. The occurrence of the malignant form of epithelial mesothelioma ranges at present around 7 to 40 in 1,000,000 in the Western nations that are well industrially developed.
This depends as well on the quantity of asbestos used in the past decades to which population has been exposed. Along with this increased incidence many mesothelioma lawsuits have been filed against employers who didn’t take the safety measures for their workers who were involved in asbestos handling through their range of working duties. It is fair to say that many workers were exposed to asbestos long after it was known that there was a connection with respiratory diseases.
Radiotherapy in the epithelial mesothelioma is used frequently not for curing, as it is ineffective, but mostly in order to bring more relief to the patient suffering from tumor growth pains.
As I have mentioned in my other articles on this subject, people suspecting, or indeed revealing that they have contracted this disease, should consult an asbestos cancer attorney at once. There are numerous ways to find a suitable lawyer, but the best way to be sure you are getting the best you should use a specialist website like Mesothelioma Alternatives (mesotheliomaalterntives.com) where you will find all the resources you could possibly need including videos and articles by experts in the field;contact details for the best lawyers and testimonials from other claimants.