South Africa was the site of ground-breaking research linking asbestos exposure to an excruciatingly painful and deadly lung cancer
But the import, export, manufacture and sale of asbestos products was only banned in 2008, says the Business Day’s BD Live
That’s why many people still struggle with asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma primarily involves the thin lining that surrounds organs in the chest and abdomen and kills someone every 3.4 hours, according to Asbestos.com
Unfortunately, the signs of mesothelioma tend to appear only 20 to 50 years after initial exposure to asbestos, which could be too late.
So if you or someone you know worked with asbestos, it’s a good idea to go for a screening.
And in cases of testicular mesothelioma, the symptoms of testicular lumps and swelling of the scrotum tend to be misdiagnosed as prostate cancer
So if you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer
and you know you’ve been exposed to asbestos, you’ll need to watch for the symptoms of mesothelioma.
This is especially true if you haven’t experienced the most common symptoms of prostate cancer, like a change in your urination habits, says FSP Health
Instead, look out for symptoms like shortness of breath, constant chest pain
or cough, night sweats, weight loss
but fluid gain, bowel obstruction and swelling of the feet, says MesotheliomaSymptomsOnline
One way to minimise your risk of lung cancer if you’ve been exposed to asbestos…
says smokers who have been exposed to asbestos have a higher risk of developing lung cancer.
So quitting smoking may help reduce the risk of developing lung cancer.
And apart from the obvious risk of lung cancer, quitting smoking will also make you less likely to look older than your years, thanks to wrinkles and skin damage, says FSP Health
All the more reason to quit smoking today!