Mesothelioma caused by environmental exposures?

Mesothelioma has attracted researchers and environmental activists. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that has been linked by environmental exposures especially asbestos.  Study says, people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos materials. People who have been contacted to dust and fiber related to asbestos also linked to mesothelioma.

Then I try to search more on mesothelioma and our green daily life customs.  I found an article of Ecostreet alerting about fossil fuel refineries that harboring hidden particels of asbestos.

There are approximately 150 operating oil refineries in 32 U.S. states, and the North Sea area of the UK is also home to 9 major onshore refineries and over 300 offshore facilities. All of these refineries are harboring a hidden danger in the form of asbestos that is affecting the heath of refinery workers and nearby residents.

In UK the use of asbestos was banned since 1999. However according to BBC, it is predicted that 65,000 people will develop mesothelioma as a result of previous exposure. Until now, there are no cure for mesothelioma. Known treatmen is used only to reduce symptoms and the drugs cost about £8,000 for each patient.

So, be aware of asbestos..!

  • Environmental Consequences: Asbestos and Human Health (greenchemistry.wordpress.com)
  • Mesothelioma Diagnosis and Treatment Options (articlesbase.com)
  • Mesothelioma New Cures on the Horizon for Asbestos Causing Cancer (articlesbase.com)
  • Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Symptoms and Signs of Asbestos Disease (articlesbase.com)
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