Up until now, our blog was mostly light-hearted fun, healthy and vegan recipes, travel and our thoughts on a path of better understanding of how life works and our place in it. This time we have something more serious to share.
Recently, we were contacted by Emily Walsh, the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. To be quite honest, first we thought it was another spam mail from unfamiliar person, trying to sell us something. But, for whatever reason, we gave the mail a chance and now we are glad we did.
This was the first time we heard about mesothelioma, so we did a little research. It turns out it is a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart. Asbestos poses the greatest risk when it becomes worn or damaged, causing the fibers flake off and become airborne.
Accurately diagnosing mesothelioma is difficult because symptoms present themselves as common ailments, and the symptoms may not appear until 30-60 years after initial exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos was once used in more than 3,000 consumer products. These include household items, some of which may still be in use. Some of these even include hair dryers, crock pots, and cigarette filters. Also, 80% of buildings constructed before 1980 contain asbestos. This includes places where many people work, homes where families live, and even grade schools.
What we found shocking and horrifying is the fact that some material that we as humans, as societies thought to be so good, useful and cheap, and because of that used so widely in industries, construction etc. can come back and prove us wrong. Even now, asbestos is not banned, because of the financial gain. And many countries continue to use asbestos without regulation because it cuts costs and is long-lasting as a building material. Until asbestos use is banned worldwide, mesothelioma will continue to be a serious health concern.
For more information on mesothelioma, risks, symptoms and treatments, visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance or their blog. Spread the word and the conscience about this rare disease and dangers of asbestos.
Here is for the healthier future!