Mesothelioma is becoming a big problem. The long latency period after exposure to asbestos (the primary cause of mesothelioma) means that a new wave of mesothelioma cases is on the horizon.

One such example of this is Paul Kraus. As of this writing, Paul Kraus is the world’s longest mesothelioma survivor, after being diagnosed over 20 years ago.

But today there are concerns regarding the continued use of asbestos. By looking at and understanding the latest health medical statistics, we can see that mesothelioma could still be a problem.

Should you be concerned about it?

How is Mesothelioma Caused?

Mesothelioma is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. Worldwide pollution like this is linked to 9 million deaths per year, and most of these deaths involve industrial workers who were exposed to substances like asbestos. Many former miners and construction workers used to work with asbestos regularly, and 40 years later they’re only now discovering that it was the cause of their cancer. So that’s why asbestos was banned in many industries, and the way we work with it is heavily controlled.

Asbestos was Banned, So Why Worry?

That’s the biggest myth in the US. Asbestos was never banned. It was only restricted. It’s restricted in flooring and paper products, as well as in industries where it had no historical use. But many industries continue to use asbestos. Even today many of these workers are potentially at risk of mesothelioma decades from now.

Public health researchers continue to call for a ban on asbestos. Even in countries like Canada asbestos is expected to be phased out only in 2019.

No matter how careful companies are about the way they use asbestos, there’s always a present risk to workers. And with other alternative materials it doesn’t make sense to continue using this dangerous substance.

But the fact is that there’s no prospect of a ban in the US, so you need to plan.

Do I Work with Asbestos?

By law all companies working with asbestos are required to make sure all workers are aware of the risks. There must also be facilities in place for disposing of both asbestos itself and the work clothes employees wear. However, that’s still not enough.
If you work with asbestos, you need to decide whether it’s worth the continued risk to your health. You may have already been exposed to asbestos.

So, what can you do in this situation?

There’s no need to panic. The majority of people who are exposed to asbestos never develop any of the signs or symptoms of mesothelioma. Keep in mind that many school room ceilings used to have asbestos in them and not everyone would go on to become mesothelioma sufferers.

Mesothelioma is, thankfully, a rare form of cancer.

Can You Get a Test for Mesothelioma?

If you’re concerned about mesothelioma, there are tests that doctors can perform. They will test the fluid from your body for any early signs of mesothelioma.

Currently, this is the only option you have available. The long latency period means it’s incredibly difficult to get a comprehensive diagnosis years in advance of the first symptoms appearing. The best thing you can do is to examine your work history and consider whether you’re at risk of suffering from mesothelioma.

Is Mesothelioma an Automatic Death Sentence?

Paul Kraus has proven that mesothelioma doesn’t have to mean you’re going to die from this form of cancer. It’s true that there’s currently no cure for the cancer, but you can prolong your life by years if you do the right things. Conventional cancer treatments for mesothelioma have been shown to be largely ineffective at producing any significant extensions of life, but natural treatments and a healthy lifestyle can make a difference.

The way Paul Kraus does it is by using the following principles:

  • Eat a healthy diet filled with fruits and vegetables.
  • Participate in regular exercise.
  • Adopt a positive state of mind.

There’s more to it than that, but these are the main principles Paul follows. And doctors are beginning to see the value in them as there has been a renewed interest in conducting clinical studies into these areas.

However, it’s necessary to mention that mesothelioma is different for everyone. There are several different types of mesothelioma and not every case is the same.

Sometimes patients are unfortunate enough to develop an extremely aggressive form of mesothelioma, which they can do nothing about. But most patients have a chance.

Last Word – Should I Worry?

Most of the population has no reason to be afraid of mesothelioma. Unless you worked in an industry that uses asbestos, the chances are you have never been exposed to it.
And even if you do go on to be diagnosed with the disease Paul Kraus has shown that you do have options.

Are you worried about mesothelioma?


Robert Gombos has 15+ years of successful Marketing experience in the software and Internet industries. Combined with BS/MS studies.

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