When it comes to industrial diseases that are commonly talked about, asbestos has played an important role in the development of workplace safety in recent years. Although many steps have been taken to help reduce or completely remove the risks that asbestos can place on workers, there are still many hazards from previous years that can prove hazardous for human contact. For workers, who are commonly exposed to these over a period of time, the health consequences can be on going and quite serious.
Mesothelioma is one injury that can develop from the inhalation of asbestos fibres and if not treated quickly it can easily become a lethal disease. With a rate as low as 10% for five year survival, once contracted the survival rate is very minimal, and for this reason many precautions are taken to help ensure that it is not contracted in the workplace or at home.
When it comes to contraction, people who are constantly working around asbestos products are most likely to contract this illness. Older paint work is perhaps the number one location for asbestos fibres to be hiding, but they can also be found in a range of other areas. The paint itself is not dangerous until it starts to disintegrate. At this point the fibres are absorbed into the atmosphere and can be inhaled, leading to the creation of cancerous cells.
The fact that this illness is hard to identify is part of what makes the treatment so difficult. In fact in many cases it is discovered far too late, leaving the cancer to spread around the body and lead to a rather lethal outcome.
When it comes to the contraction of mesothelioma, it most commonly occurs in the manufacturing and processing environment, but can also be contracted in your own home if the paintwork dates back several decades.
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