Asbestos is natural fiber consist of six silicate minerals, thin fibrous crystals, with each transparent fiber compose by millions of microscopic named fibrils which can be released by abrasion and another process. These minerals are commonly known by their colors, as blue asbestos, brown asbestos, white asbestos and green asbestos. When manufacturers and contractors began using asbestos for its beneficial properties. Especially, when they are mixed with cement or woven into fabric or mats. These made asbestos widely used.
The use of asbestos has been banned in many countries, including European Union, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and New Zealand. Meanwhile, the United States still continues used asbestos in construction for cement asbestos pipes. In India, Indonesia, China, Russia, and Brazil have continued widespread use of asbestos.
Continued inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause lethal illness including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. In 1924, the first diagnosis asbestos was revealed. Since that, many studied conducted to find the cure for asbestos-related diseases. About 50, 0000 people had mesothelioma and 34,000 died from asbestos-related diseases.
Mesothelioma is rare cancer caused by prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibers which attack mesothelioma tissue that protects organ vital of the body. Most of the asbestos fibers develop into cancer in the respiratory system, but there is a chance that cancer cell can develop in heart and abdominal cavity. The symptom will occur after 20 to 40 years from the first exposure. But the symptom can be mistaken for another disease. so, it should take a CT scan and Biopsy to ensure the diagnose of mesothelioma.
The treatments for Mesothelioma include surgery removing a tumor or cancer cell, chemotherapy to attack active cancer cell or tumor commonly it combines with the surgery, radiation therapy to shrunk cancer cell or tumor that unreachable with the surgery. This type of treatment is inactive and the purpose is to increase the prolonged life of many patients.
The treatment of mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases is very expensive. In result, many patients have a settlement for an asbestos lawsuit. An asbestos lawsuit can help these patients to chance to obtain compensation for illness to their health.