Mesothelioma is a serious, serious topic. Due to the fact that I don’t posses a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Mesothelioma facts, information about symptoms, I will provide information about Mesothelioma in the way of an article by someone with more knowledge about this cancer.
Below is an article by guest blogger Matthew Phillips. We appreciate him sharing his expertise and information with Genuine Kentucky’s readers.
Kentucky has seen more in its history than many other states. It has survived natural devastation and has witnessed community restoration in the form of the Ohio River Flood of 1937. When the river rose a remarkable 60.8 from the 13th to the 24th of January in 1937, residents were forced to flee, many of them losing their homes. As much as 70% of Louisville was submerged. But Kentucky was and still is resilient.
Generations later, those who live in areas that were rebuilt after the flood have long since readjusted and re-acclimated to new city structures. Yet, the rebuilding and restoration of the cities affected by the flood may have introduced new health concerns. Until the 1970’s, and especially during the 30’s and 40’s, builders used a natural mineral called asbestos in drywall, insulation, tile, and heating appliances. Homes built or restored after the flood or anytime between the 1920’s and 1970’s may still contain asbestos.
Asbestos poses no health risk when intact, but if sanded, cut, broken, dented, or burnt, fine asbestos fibers are released into the air. When residents inhale or ingest these fibers, they collect in the lungs or the abdomen, causing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma symptoms include shortness of breath and chest heaviness, but they are often latent for 20-50 years. When mesothelioma is finally diagnosed, it has very often metastasized.
Because of the nature of mesothelioma symptoms and the dangers that asbestos exposure poses to those who live in older homes, it is important to remain up to date with asbestos regulations and news. Staying informed and spreading that information through our communities can lead to a healthier, hazard free future. Kentucky has survived for years because of hard work and the compassion that its residents have for one another. If Kentucky could survive the Flood of 1937, it can surely put a stop to mesothelioma.