Mesothelioma – The Average Age is Getting Younger

History The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization published a series of studies which show that the average age of people diagnosed with mesothelioma has dropped steadily, from 70 years old in 1990 to 51 years old in 1997. The study also revealed that a new record was reached with people in their teens and 20s being […]

History

  • The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization published a series of studies which show that the average age of people diagnosed with mesothelioma has dropped steadily, from 70 years old in 1990 to 51 years old in 1997. The study also revealed that a new record was reached with people in their teens and 20s being diagnosed with the disease. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attempted to stop the use of asbestos in the U.S. in 1989 to prevent further cases of mesothelioma, but their ban was overruled by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in the landmark 1993 case Corrosion Proof Fittings vs. EPA.
  • Types

  • Mesothelioma causes malignant cell growth, which eventually develops into cancer in one of several different areas of the body. The cancer can spread throughout the entire body, but in most cases only develops in a specific location. The most common places for cancer to develop are either in the lungs and chest wall or around the heart and organs in the abdominal cavity. There is no difference in cancer growth between younger and older patients who have the disease.
  • Identification

  • People under the age of 40 are much less likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, but they exhibit the same signs and symptoms of anyone else with the disease. The most frequent symptoms of mesothelioma are frequent coughing, coughing up blood, constant fatigue and chest pains. You can find out if you have mesothelioma by having your physician perform a CAT scan for signs of growths, then have a biopsy performed to find out if the growths are malignant.
  • Time Frame

  • Symptoms of mesothelioma don’t normally become noticeable enough to warrant a doctor’s visit until 20 years or more of exposure to the factor that caused the disease, whether it is asbestos or anything else. Because of the discovery of patients 20 years old and younger, doctors now believe that there are even more causes of mesothelioma that haven’t yet been identified. Patients who are diagnosed with mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy of less than 2 years, even with surgery or chemotherapy.
  • Prevention/Solution

  • You can significantly reduce your chances of getting mesothelioma by avoiding all contact with asbestos and staying away from people who may have asbestos on their clothes or skin. Check your family’s medical history, as people with a history of mesothelioma in their family are more likely to develop the disease themselves. Consult a physician immediately for a checkup if you experience any of the symptoms common to mesothelioma.
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