I didn't but now that I have the some facts, I know that having and keeping your lungs healthy is not just because you were blessed with "healthy" genes.
Did you know that you breathe 11,000 liters of air each and every day?
I didn't - but WOW that is a lot of air! Or that children and women breathe faster than men? I did know that about children, but didn't know about women ... but you would have thought I would have, I mean I am a woman. So if you are like me, you have already learned something from this post.
There are all kinds of things that you can do or steer away from, that will help keep your lungs healthy and thereby allowing YOU to stay around and influence others to do the same.
I'm sure you have seen or heard those commercials/ad spots for Mesothelioma. For a while I thought every time we turned on the TV we heard at least one of those spots, but to be honest, I don't think I really paid attention. But now that I have seen some of the facts, it is really scary!
There are so many ways, innocent ways, that you can be exposed to the Number One cause of Mesothelioma, that we need to be aware of.
There is a possible exposure to asbestos in commercial products, through commercial and industrial job sites and even our Military Vets were possibly exposed. Prior to the 1970's asbestos was used in all kinds of construction materials - I remember seeing pipes in my house (originally built in the 20's and remodeled/added on to for years) wrapped in what was "assumed" to be an asbestos product. I think that we all must take control and make sure that we are not exposed to asbestos or if we must, that we are protected and our families are protected from secondary exposure.
Because Mesothelioma can have a very long latency time period (as long as 35 - 40 years) the baby boomers and their families are those that are probably at greatest risk. We didn't really know the extent of the potential damage/problems with asbestos during those years that so many were exposed.
Remember as you are reading them, that just because you have a particular symptom, it doesn't mean you have mesothelioma. There are many symptoms of mesothelioma that are also common to other illnesses, which is one of the reasons that this is so hard to diagnose in the early stages.
Be informed, be vigilant, be proactive in your own health and that of your family and loved ones. Remember that the lines of communication between you and your doctor are crucial. He/She will help you get answers to questions that you need to ask. so that you can understand what is happening and how to go forward at each step of diagnosis and treatment along the way.
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