The cause of pleura mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos fibers, which are inhaled into the lungs. After inhaling the material’s needle-like fibers, they tend to lodge in the lungs and migrate into the pleural lining. The disease usually affects people older than 75, since it typically takes 20 to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop after exposure, because the fibers cause irritation and thus chronic inflammation and genetic changes that turn to cancerous cells. The rare malignant cancer gives patients an average life expectancy of less than 18 months, but it depends on many factors. Although there is no cure for mesothelioma, some patients may live much longer with treatments.
Mesothelioma can be prevented by following the proper procedures to control fiber release from asbestos-containing materials and remove the materials completely. The importance of hiring an environmental specialist to remove the asbestos is imperative to your health and safety.
In addition to monitoring asbestos exposure limits, OSHA requires employers to:
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