People in Georgia with mesothelioma may be excited to learn that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new treatment for the aggressive, rare lung cancer in 15 years. The treatment makes use of a device that creates electric fields. These fields can stop the solid tumors involved in mesothelioma from dividing further. This type of lung cancer can be highly aggressive and is almost always linked with some form of asbestos exposure, usually in the workplace.
There is no complete asbestos ban in the U.S. although many companies have stopped using the mineral and adopted protective gear for their employees. Unfortunately for former asbestos workers in Georgia and the rest of the nation, recent research shows that the risk of developing mesothelioma does not go down once asbestos exposure stops.
Individuals in Georgia may be at risk for getting mesothelioma if they are exposed to asbestos for too long a period. This was one of the conclusions reached in a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Individuals who are exposed to asbestos at work for more than 20 years are 5.4 times more likely to get the condition.
Even though asbestos isn't widely used today because of a known association with mesothelioma and similar illnesses, individuals in Georgia who were exposed to this material several years or decades ago may still be affected by it. Of the typical cell types associated with mesothelioma, the rarest is sarcomatoid mesothelioma. As with similar conditions, sarcomatoid mesothelioma is primarily associated with asbestos exposure.
Asbestos can still be located in many old buildings in Georgia. This means that residents are still at risk for exposure. Mesothelioma, often caused by asbestos exposure, is one of the deadliest cancers around, and many diagnoses come too late. Patients often die within a year of diagnosis. However, a study is underway that could develop a test for early detection.
The medical community continues to struggle to find a way to cure asbestos-related illnesses. In many cases, doctors can only make patients here in Georgia and elsewhere suffering from these conditions, including mesothelioma, comfortable. There may not yet be a cure for the rare and life-threatening disease, but many treatments may help with the condition and stop its progression if even for a short time.
Asbestos has not been as widely used in the past few decades as it had been prior to the 1980s, but that has not stopped this naturally occurring mineral from continuing to affect the lives of people here in Georgia and elsewhere in the country. Instances of mesothelioma continue to occur, which increases the incubation period of the disease to up to 40 years after exposure. Saying that, you might assume this means that only older individuals suffer from the condition, but that is not necessarily the case. Making matters worse is the fact that no cure exists.
After hoping that you escaped the ill effects of working with asbestos decades ago, a Georgia doctor recently delivered some bad news. Sadly, the symptoms you experienced, and continue to experience, result from mesothelioma. Now, you are left to deal with the physical, emotional and financial aftermath of that diagnosis.
Talcum powder, makeup and crayons are all a right of passage for many Georgia girls. These products are often an everyday part of one's life. As such, the parent who purchases the product and the individual who uses the product assumes that they are safe; they do not assume that the product could be a danger to the child and possibly cause mesothelioma later on.
There is a lot of talk and publicity regarding one's rights. One of the most recent rights addressed is the Georgia resident's "Right to Try." Under this new legislation, terminally ill patients are given the right to try experimental drugs that have not been fully cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For some mesothelioma patients, this may offer an element of hope.