Mesothelioma, A Deadly Disease The Unconscious Construction Worker

Each year, 2,000-3,000 found new cases of pleural mesothelioma in the United States. About 80 percent, even more, the main cause of mesothelioma due to inhaling microscopic asbestos fibers.

Do you work in the construction sector? Does your work relate to asbestos? When you work with asbestos dust exposure every day, it is worth You beware. Why? Inhaling asbestos dust is too often and in a long period of time, can increase the risk of developing mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma or asbestos cancer is commonly called, is a very aggressive cancer and deadly. This rare cancer occurs on a thin layer of tissue that covers most of the internal organs (mesothelium). There are many varieties of disease mesothelioma, but the most common type is pleural mesothelioma. Here's what to look out for construction workers as well as workers in the mining sector.


The dangers of Asbestos Dust in the construction sector, increase the risk of Pleural Mesothelioma

About 80 percent of people who are diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma are men aged 50 years and over and is a construction worker. A study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine estimates that at least 1.3 million construction workers are at risk of exposure to asbestos dust-exposed while working. Especially for someone who works dismantling and disposing of the debris of the building that asbestos-contaminated.

The following types of construction work vulnerable exposed asbestos exposure:

  1. Installation of the brick
  2. Bulldozer operator
  3. Carpenter
  4. Crane and hoist operators
  5. The dismantling and destruction of buildings
  6. Installation of drywall (gypsum plaster walls, partition)
  7. Installation of pipe
  8. The installation of the roof of the building
  9. Ceramic or tile installation
  10. Paint the walls
How asbestos dust can increase the risk of someone affected by mesothelioma pleural? After it is inhaled and gets into the lungs, asbestos fibers or dust will pass through the pleura. Then, the body will fight to get rid of the fibers. In a long period of time, especially when someone constantly inhaling asbestos dust, fibers that are trapped will irritate the pleural membranes. This will cause chronic inflammation.

According to research, between 2 to 10 percent of workers are often exposed to asbestos dust, fibers that trapped lead to mesothelioma with trigger genetic changes in cells that make up the pleura. Cancer cells can grow rapidly and uncontrollably, forming a tumor that envelops the lungs can even cause death.

Pleural mesothelioma can be said the deadly disease for construction workers because average survival time ranges from 4 to 18 months, and about 10 patients live at least three years after being diagnosed.

Pleural mesothelioma is generally not diagnosed until the final stages of development. In addition, the symptoms are also very common and often resemble less serious conditions, which can make it difficult in diagnosing cancer. However, when you feel symptoms like above on an ongoing basis, it will be good You do early detection. Usually, the doctor will suggest ongoing examination, such as PET scans, MRI, CT Scan, or x-ray. A series of such inspection normally is often done to diagnose whether a person affected by mesothelioma or not.

Not only is it any prevention and control efforts need to be made to minimize the risk of pleural mesothelioma. The following prevention and control what you can do:
  1. Wherever possible, hazardous materials, such as asbestos are replaced with other ingredients that are more or less the same functionality and benefits but which is not dangerous or is less dangerous.
  2. Technical machining control efforts, such as the binding of asbestos fibers with other ingredients to prevent the formation of dust, creating a local ventilation, mechanical maintenance, and using wet methods to prevent the formation of dust.
  3. Always ensure the concentration of asbestos dust in the working environment shall not exceed the value of the exposure threshold that has been set by the authorities legislation.
  4. Workers are obliged to use a tool, such as respiratory protective respirator air purifiers, positive pressure respiratory protective tools and breathing with air duct directly to reduce exposure to asbestos dust.
  5. When the levels of asbestos dust in the work environment increase, workers are alsoobliged to wear special protective clothing.
  6. Workers are obliged to follow a prescribed medical examination according to the custom in force nationally.
  7. Workers are obliged to inform the management whenever there is a change in the environment or conditions of the work process that could potentially give rise to asbestos dust.
  8. Call mesothelioma attorney
In Indonesia, data about the disease pleural mesothelioma are indeed not there yet and workers understand the hazards of asbestos are still minimal. Even so, there is no harm for those of you who work in the construction sector as well as mining to do the above and do prevention early detection in order to minimize the risk of pleural mesothelioma is more complex.
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