Mississippi Mesothelioma Resources and Asbestos Information
In Mississippi, industries such as oil production, ship building and energy generation comprise some of the largest users of asbestos in the past. As a result, many employees of these various trades may now be at risk for a host of illnesses. Second hand exposure experienced by family members may create another demographic that isn’t even aware of their potential risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or many other diseases.
Though Mississippi played an important part of the United State’s economy of the last century, many workers have paid the price for success. Between the years of 1979 and 1999, 612 reported deaths are confirmed to be asbestos related, and a smaller portion of those are directly linked to mesothelioma. Workers at oil refineries, power generation facilities, and shipyards are at the highest risk of developing this disease.
One of the most common previous applications for asbestos was actually that of protective equipment. The material is an excellent fireproofer and capable of resisting even the most toxic of chemicals. Protective gloves, clothes and even full body suits were produced with fibers of asbestos woven in. As workers wore the “protective” gear, dust particles would be released onto their clothes and inhaled, where it can cause serious lung problems.
Mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer that affects the pleural linings of organs. The lungs are usually the affected organs, though the stomach and other parts of the body can be in danger as well. As the asbestos accumulates, the body has no means of eliminating the toxin. Eventually the protective membranes of organs are damaged by the carcinogen. Though mesothelioma can take decades to develop, cellular DNA is slowly degraded to a point where cells can’t function properly anymore and become cancerous. If the cancerous cells are left untreated they can spread to other parts of the body.
Workers in Mississippi who were previously exposed to the material are at heightened risk of developing mesothelioma or asbestosis. Early detection remains the best way of treating the disease. Many citizens simply don’t remember past exposure, or think that their current symptoms are not cancer. Waiting for testing could potentially be fatal. Life expectancy and quality can be greatly enhanced when the early symptoms are treated soon enough.