[dropcap]I[/dropcap]s there such a thing as asbestos cancer? What is it then?
WHAT IS ASBESTOS CANCER
Asbestos cancer is often referred to as mesothelioma. However, there are a number of cancers associated with exposure to asbestos, including lung cancer.
WHAT CAUSES ASBESTOS-RELATED CANCER?
It’s caused by inhalation or ingestion of asbestos. When you inhale these toxic fibers, they enter your body and cause changes in your healthy mesothelial cells.
In mesothelioma cancer, the only cause of it is asbestos. On the other hand, lung cancer is caused by a lot of factors, such as smoking cigarettes and radon exposure.
Sedentary lifestyle, stress and poor dietary choices can also put you at risk of developing asbestos-related cancer after being exposed to it.
OTHER CANCERS ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS
Prostate cancer, laryngeal cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and leukemia are just few of the cancers that may arise when frequently exposed to asbestos.
ASBESTOS CANCER IN THE PHILIPPINES
Studies about asbestos-related cancers are very limited in the Philippines. Thus, there is no exact number of patients known who are suffering from cancer as caused by asbestos exposure. Most patients of lung cancer are caused by first-hand and second-hand smoking.
In addition to cancer, other health problems may also occur. The most common one is asbestosis, which is a lung disease.
When you inhale high levels of asbestos, the fibers can accumulate in your lungs causing scarring. As a result, you’ll find it difficult to breathe.
The Philippines is one of the countries with low level of asbestos. There’s also a call for a total ban of using asbestos in the Philippines. This can effectively eliminate asbestos-related diseases.
ARE THERE WAYS TO PREVENT ASBESTOS-RELATED CANCER?
There are ways that MAY help prevent asbestos-related cancers to occur.
- Stop smoking. Tobacco and asbestos have carcinogenic effects. This means that they strengthen the other’s effects to cause cancer. Plus, when you smoke packs of cigarette a day, it weakens your lungs putting you at higher risk of developing mesothelioma.
- Eat the right food. Instead of eating red meat, focus on consuming anti-cancer foods, like broccoli, garlic and berries.
These steps may not 100% prevent asbestos-related cancers from developing. But you may still use them to improve your chances of warding off or beating this type of disease.