Airborne Health Risks
We tend to think of air pollution as something outside
Smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air, especially in summer.
But the truth is, the air inside homes, offices, and other buildings can be more polluted than the air outside. The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners.
HOW MESOTHELIOMA AFFECTS YOUR BODY
Mesothelioma is a cancer
Most often forms in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. As it grows and spreads, different physical and mental effects are felt in the body.
Understanding what to expect, as well as receiving the proper resources and information from qualified experts, is a step in the right direction to treating this rare cancer.
Many people diagnosed with mesothelioma wonder exactly how the disease affects their body. You may be curious about what the cancer is doing to you physically and if there’s anything you can do to prepare for potential changes ahead.
There are steps you can take to prepare, such as making arrangements with family and friends for future help with chores and errand-running when physical activity becomes tiring. And there are resources available to help through the entire cancer experience.
Physical Effects of Mesothelioma
Once inside the body, asbestos has the potential to slowly damage DNA in ways that cause a mesothelial cell to become cancerous. Once a cell becomes cancerous, the normal controls that regulate cell division are disrupted, causing the cell to divide uncontrollably. This process results in a buildup of cells that slowly forms into a tumor.
Mesothelioma is unique in the way it grows. Most tumors form as a singular mass. Mesothelioma tumors more commonly develop as numerous small nodules on the lining of the lungs or abdomen. As the tumors grow, they eventually come together in a sheath-like tumor, which is often compared to a rind that grows around fruit. As the cancer progresses, the tumor grows around vital organs and causes physical effects like pain or difficulty breathing.
Tumors that originate in the pleural lining of the lungs will first affect the lungs, whereas tumors that originate in the peritoneal lining will first affect the digestive system. Physical signs of mesothelioma usually arise in later stages of development. It is rare for stage I or II mesothelioma to cause noticeable symptoms.
Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation
Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to raise awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure.
The aim of the CMF is to both initiate and foster a support network for patients with mesothelioma and their families, and to support the development of a community of health professionals in the field of mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada.