Smoking and Mesothelioma

Has long been known that smoking is dangerous to one's health. Smoking causes a sharp increase in cases of mesothelioma lung cancer in smokers. But smokers who have been exposed to asbestos carries a higher risk of the disease even more serious longer i.e. cancer malignant mesothelioma that affects the lining of the lung (pleural mesothelioma), the heart (pericardial mesothelioma) or stomach ( peritoneal mesothelioma) and difficult to treat.

Exposure to asbestos has been identified as the main cause of mesothelioma cancer. This disease occurs when people inhale asbestos fibers are sharp and then lodged in the lungs. Smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control can weaken the lungs and lower the body's ability to eliminate asbestos fibers. Furthermore, cigarette smoke irritate the Airways and causes them to produce more mucus which in turn blocks the airway in removing the fibers.

According to various studies that have been conducted over the last two decades, while this smoking alone does not cause mesothelioma. Smokers who are exposed to asbestos risk approximately 50 to 84 times more likely to develop lung cancer asbestos. And experts agree argue that smokers are at least twice as likely to develop mesothelioma in her body.

Mesothelioma risk factors are higher for those who had suffered from the disease of Asbestosis a severe disease that is not yet associated with asbestos but can still be handled. With smoke a pack a day for patients with asbestosis then the higher the chance of growing aggressive cancer. Therefore those who have suffered from Asbestosis should stop smoking. According to a study conducted by the National Cancer Institute States that quitting smoking can lower until 50 percent of the risk of mesothelioma is diagnosed in about five years since quitting. The numbers are encouraging for smokers with asbestos disease early.

Smokers who have been exposed to asbestos and have not quit smoking, should want to do regular health checks to determine their lung health. Tests for monitoring asbestos mesothelioma cancer formation such as a chest x-ray or a test of lung function. In addition, it may also needed a simple blood test known as the Mesomark assay® to smokers who suffer from asbestos exposure to detect the presence of mesothelioma.

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