Saturday, May 09, 2009

Mesothelioma is honestly not a disease that has ever been on my radar screen. However, I would like to call your attention to a relatively new site devoted to assisting those living with this disease which directly impacts those who have been exposed to asbestos.

According to, "Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body's internal organs, known as the mesothelium. There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart."

The site continues: "The only recognized cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos, though other factors such as smoking can make the disease more or less likely in some individuals. Industrial laborers were widely subjected to asbestos exposure on the job, as the material was widely used throughout the 20th century. Few of these workers knew they were being exposed to asbestos, however, despite the fact that many manufacturers were aware the material was hazardous. In most cases, mesothelioma symptoms will not appear in an individual exposed to asbestos until many years after the exposure has occurred. Those who believe they may have been exposed to asbestos should fill out our form to receive a free mesothelioma information packet, detailing treatment options, emerging therapies, and jobsite exposure information."

Industrial and occupational injury and illness is unfortunately not a rare occurrence, and as an individual with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, I see a connection between those of us harmed by chemical exposure and those with lung disease from exposure to asbestos. In fact, these conditions are in many ways interconnected, and I plan to learn more about Mesothelioma through the information offered on this site.

We all know that asbestos is a dangerous material long outlawed here in the U.S., however, asbestos removal is still a necessity, and exposure to this horrendously toxic substance can carry grave risks to the health of those who work with it, knowingly or unknowingly.

The chemical industry has indeed changed our lives in many ways, and while we can be grateful for the progress and benefits of the chemical revolution, there is an ongoing legacy of harm that simply cannot be ignored.

Please visit and learn something new. It is truly eye-opening, involving veterans, construction workers, rescuers at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and many other innocent individuals. I am so glad to have been contacted by the developers of the site, and am happy to share this resource and education with the readers of Digital Doorway.

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