Mesothelioma is not caused by smoking, but it can complicate a person’s chance of getting the disease.
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancerous disease caused by exposure to asbestos. This disease is unique in that the symptoms appear after years.
The survival rate is much lower in this disease due to the inability of the diagnosis.
The combination of asbestos and smoking can be very dangerous, even if it was done many years ago. It can lead to lung cancer or other lung-related diseases.
Although extensive research is being done in this area, there is still no major breakthrough in this area to completely cure the disease.
Fine fibers are deposited in the lungs, leading to scar tissue that leads to cancer and is exacerbated by smoking. It was found in the 1950s, the cigarette brand Kent used asbestos in its filters, resulting in some cases of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma cases have increased over the past 20 years as the latency period lasts about 40 to 50 years, but mesothelioma is still considered a rare cancer.
It is reflected in the number of cases. that is, about 1 per 1,000,000.
While in the case of smoking, people with more smoking can get more lung cancer than mesothelioma and the number of incidents is even 1,000 per 1,000,000.
As a result of extensive exposure to asbestos in western countries, the incidence of malignant mesothelioma is increasing to 7 to 40 per 1,000,000 and has risen to about 15 per 1,000,000 in the United States in 2004.
Smoking should be stopped immediately after diagnosis:
A person suffering from mesothelioma should not smoke as the lungs can be further damaged by the side effects of smoking leading to asbestosis. It’s not a type of mesothelioma, but if ignored it can turn into cancer. Smoking does not lead to more cases o but it is debated that it leads to 50% more chance of causing lung cancer.
It is imperative that the patient stops smoking as soon as the disease is diagnosed, as the patient who smokes may have relatively more lung-related complications than those who do not smoke but have been exposed for years.
In the case of lung cancer, the amount of cigarettes smoked and the time frame matter, while in the case of mesothelioma, the amount of asbestos inhaled and the time frame matter.
While the asbestos ban is in place, let’s hope the same goes for a smoking ban!
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