As aforementioned, mesothelioma is a cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs. This type of lung cancer kills 1,800 Brits each year. Such figures may seem insignificant to the 12,000 that die from breast cancer for example, or the even larger numbers that fall fatal to non-melanoma. However, when one considers the fact that mesothelioma’s causes are considerably scarcer than other forms of cancer, the numbers of Brits that die each year from the disease speak a different story.
Causes of Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos, a type of fibres that are very harmful to the lungs when breathed in. Its deadliness is such that it is the single greatest cause of work related deaths in the United Kingdom and there are therefore noticeably high amounts of asbestos compensation claims made by workers each year.
It can be found in a number of places, which include textured coatings, insulating boards, cements, and on boilers. In general, most of the places and situations in which one could contract mesothelioma are in construction sites and buildings where exposure to asbestos is likely.
Therefore, in proportion to the number of the population that work in such conditions, the number of Brits that die each year of Mesothelioma is high.
Doing All You Can to Avoid Mesothelioma
Those working with a dangerous level of exposure to asbestos ought to of course be aware of what should be done to avoid mesothelioma or any other asbestos related illness for that matter.
Refrain from often using power tools that create a lot of dust and wear a suitable face mask if doing so. This will go some way to reducing the levels of asbestos exposure, as will ensuring your hands are washed both before breaks and at the end of your day. You should also be constantly cleaning while you’re working, through hovering and sweeping up dust and debris on a regular basis.
Those whose jobs involve high levels of asbestos exposure ought to steer clear from smoking regularly.