Today we are aware of the dangers that asbestos fibers cause, but this is probably little comfort to those who worked with asbestos in earlier years. These fibers cause mesothelioma cancer ¾ one of the most difficult diseases to treat. Mesothelioma may not appear until twenty or even forty years after the initial exposal to asbestos, so even an asbestos worker free of the disease at the moment has a proverbial sword hanging over them. The disease often develops without any visible initial signs and might only be detected through an X-ray. Since early discovery is a key to successful treatment the prognosis for mesothelioma sufferers is not good.
Chest pains should not be treated lightly whatever their source. One understandable reaction is to jump to the conclusion that these pains must be something to do with a heart problem, but there are many other possibilities, and one of these is mesothelioma. A significant number of patients experience chest pains, but there are also a good number of exceptions. The only way to find out for certain is through x-rays and whatever additional tests the doctors needs to make a final diagnosis. One patient survey found that approximately two-thirds of those with this disease reported chest pains as one of its symptoms.
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